EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/7/2007

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ABA

Texas Tycoons' Sawadogo and Mims drafted into the NBA D-League -by Chris Terrell
Bakersfield, CA - The 2007/2008 NBA D-League Draft was held last week and two former players for the Texas Tycoons were drafted into the league. Aristide Sawadogo (7'1''-C-81, college: Clayton St.) was a force inside for Texas last season and will continue his growth as a player for the Dakota Wizards, drafted in the 5th round. Sawadogo is an extremely intelligent player that sees the floor well for a big man. He is excellent at altering shots and using his wingspan to crash the glass. Sawadogo also has a very nice touch from the charity stripe and runs the floor well for such a big guy. Oneal Mims (6'10''-F-82, college: Angelo St.) was also drafted by the NBADL, as the Bakersfield Jam selected him in the 7th round. Mims is a 6'10 wing player that can handle the ball, shoot the three, and can run and finish on the break. Mims is also an excellent defender and his length and athleticism on the wing is NBA level.

Coach Chris Terrell stated "I'm really proud of the development of these two young men. Aristide stayed with my family and I during our time in Dallas. He is an excellent representative of any organization he is affiliated with. At 7'2 and a wingspan of over 7 and a half feet, e has tremendous size and is an intimidating pressence in the paint. O'Neal is just starting to figure out how much talent he really has. He's able to handle the ball in the open court, is a terrific passer, and plays the game well above the rim with a 45 inch verticle at 6'10. Both players have NBA aspirations and have excellent size and length for their positions. I'm really excited for them, I know this is the start of something special in their careers. I think they missed a couple guys in the draft, but we have 7 players overseas, 3 with NBA workouts, and now 2 more drafted into the D-League, so we're very proud of those accomplishments."

Texas, the 2006/2007 ABA White Conference and South Division Champions in the ABA last season, was derailed in the ABA Championship Game by the Vermont Frostheaves but their 25-5 record, league leading 133 points per game, and tremendous success with developing and placing players abroad speaks volumes. Tycoons Head Coach Chris Terrell has been forced to take a leave of absence from his post with Texas due to family reasons but is hoping to back with the team shortly and work towards aiding in the continued successes of the organization.

Texas opened the season with a convincing 20 point victory on the road at Houston Friday night, led by Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Texas Coll.) 30 points and Brandon Lee (6'3''-G, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Tarleton St.) connecting often from the land of triple en route to 29. Texas is gearing up for their home opener Saturday November 10th at the DeSoto Town Center: 211 E. PLEASANT RUN RD, DESOTO, TX 75115. The game jumps off at 7:15. Don't miss the stars of today and tomorrow; Texas Tycoons Pro Basketball. www.txtycoons.com


ABA Weekend Scores -by Surujh Roopnarine
Friday, November 2nd
Los Angeles Push (149) @ Sacramento Heatwave (115)
Texas Tycoons (142) @ Houston Takers (123)
Tycoons: Mario Kinsey (30p+9as), Brandon Lee (29p+7as)
Takers: Larry Satchell (25p+14rb), Josh Jones (25p)

Saturday, November 3rd
Cicero Cometas USA (112)
@ St. Louis Stunners (102)
Cometas:
Stunners: Gerard Moore (21p), Milan Pepper (20p)
Los Angeles Push (143) @ Sacramento Heatwave (119)
Quebec Kebekwa (93) @ Boston Blizzard (106)
Kebekwa: Tony Weeden (37p), Samuel Audet-Sow (33p)
Blizzard: David Shaw (32p+12rb), Jamaal Brooks (20p), Steven Hailey (18p+7as)

Sunday, November 4th
West Texas Whirlwinds (91) @ Houston Takers (119)
Whirlwinds: Chauncy Ephraim (18p)
Takers: Keyshane Reed (20p), Josh Jones (19p)
Strong Island Sound (107) @ Westchester Phantoms (112) - OT


Frost Heaves Broing Back Issa Konare for 2007-08 Campaign -by Surujh Roopnarine
The defending ABA Champion Vermont Frost Heaves have re-signed big man Issa Konare (6'8''-F-80, college: High Point) for the 07-08 season. The 6'8" forward out of High Point was a key contributor on the defensive end during Vermont's run the title last season. This summer he took part in the African Championships for his native Senegal. To make room on the roster, the Frost Heaves released Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island), who was originally signed in the off-season.

The Royal announces roster -by Gianni Pascucci
Pascal Jobin, Montreal Royal President, announced today its 2007-2008 roster. Several players from Quebec have been selected on the team. Denburk Reid (5'7''-G-79) (5'7''-G-79), a spectacular point guard, arrived in Quebec at the age of seven and later played for Dawson and the McGill Redmen. Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire) was raised in Laval and played for the Nomades of Cegep Montmorency. He obtained a scholarship from New Hampshire University and later played in Lebanon. Claude Delmas (6'6''-G, college: N.Michigan), a 6'5'' guard, played also for Universtè de Quebec Au Montreal, while Steve Jerome was a point guard for Ahuntsic College, located in Montreal. The Montreal Royal inaugurates its 2007-2008 season against the Vermont Frost Heaves, lasts year's ABA champions, on Friday November 9, at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. Here down you can find the complete team roster:
# player pos hgt wgt dob college
22 Denburk Reid G 5'7'' 155 21-05-79 McGill
10 Bobby Miller G 5'10'' 245 24-06-74 New Hampshire
23 Marco Volcy F 6'8'' 170 03-03-79 Northern Michigan
25 Quilninious Randall F 6'5'' 205 12-07-78 Northeastern
4 Mohammed Camara C 6'11' 265 06-01-83 San Diego State
32 Chad Catterson F 6'4'' 220 08-06-80 Belmont
13 Cordell Jeanty F 6'6'' 220 01-10-79 John A. Logan C.C.
1 Claude Delmas G 6'11'' 210 07-07-81 UQAM
50 Jonas Pierre C 6'10' 240 30-05-80 Lincoln
Gavin Musgrave G 6'3'' 174 23-05-78 Concordia
3 Tommy Mitchell G 6'3'' 190 25-09-82 Siena
12 Shawn Corbin G 6'3'' 176 16-11-76 Brandon
5 Steve Jerome G 6'1'' 225 29-01-84 Ahuntsic
Head Coach: Dave King
Assistant Coach: Paul Stephens
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bobby Miller
Athletic Trainer: Sophie St-Jacques, Nadia DeSantis


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AFR.CHAMPS (W)

Zone 3 Preliminaries of Champions Cup for men 07: Potters decision ASPAC 70-61 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria sole representative at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men qualifiers, Niger Potters basketball club Tuesday recorded its third straight win with a 70-61 point's victory over host ASPAC basketball club of Republic of Benin.

Potters who had earlier recorded two wins over Abidjan Basket Club 69-64 points last Saturday, returned on Sunday to post a 93-64 points win over Renaissance basketball club of Republic of Benin, got off to good start in first quarter against Cotonuo-based ASPAC by 20-06 points.

The home team fought back brilliantly in the second quarter with a 21-12 points win but that is all they could show in the match largely dominated by the Nigerians who went on to pick the third and last quarters 23-21 and 15-13 respectively for a cumulative score-line of 70-61 points.

Potters inspirational guard Abubakar Usman led the floor with 24 points 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals just as teammate Sati Paul added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals to seal victory for their side whose two remaining games is against Oilers of Liberia and Swallows from Togo.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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AUSTRIA

Gmunden starts with a victory! -by Stefan Heinrich
The Allianz Swans Gmunden won today their first game in the ULEB Cup. It is the first international victory in the history of the team and they on the road against Hapoel Galil Elyon from Israel. The Austrian champion led almost the whole game and Deteri Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) was again the key factor for this surprising victory. The second game will be played against the Swiss champion Fribourg on the next Tuesday at 19.30.

Hapoel Galil Elyon (74): Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) 20, Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75, agency: Court Side, college: LIU Brooklyn) 19, Ohayon 12, Mossinson 11, Asante 7, Johnson 4, Hyams 1
Allianz Swans Gmunden (79): Deteri Mayes 27, Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 12, Peter Hutter (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances) 11, Helmigk 10, Johnson 7, Schoninger 6, Mayer 4, Kienesberger 2


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BELARUS

OZAA Won Two Home Games against Minsk-2006 -by Viktar Tkachou
OZAA Osipovichi won both games against Minsk-2006 at the second round of regular season. Minsk came to Junost Hall forced with center Alexander Koul waiting to answer OZAA for recent Cup loss in Minsk. City Landers, in the first match, was proving ambitions until final quarter when OZAA, supported with fabulous fan atmosphere, demonstrated quick fantastic score run and let Minsk out. The main power in the match proceeded from Heorhi Kandrusevich and Milos Ristic who played both about 40 minutes and presented all creative and solid. In the second match, guests, at the beginning, run with 7 points, however, were reached immediately by domestic far artillery. After Minsk tried zone, but it was crushed by repeated far shoots from Andrei Maksimov and Sergei Matveev and knifed slips of Heorhi Kandrusevich and Milos Maksimovic through the defense; Minsk got -20 in the middle of last quarter. Igor Konushenko and Alexander “the Big” corrected something in the flow; nevertheless, it was not enough to save everything.

Second round results.
November 2-3, 2007
Vitalyur - Lokomotiv-KiS - 107:71 (33:14, 22:16, 29:14, 23:27)
Vitalyur: Yeremenko - 18, Pogrebnev - 17, Bibik - 13, Sharko - 12, Zaitsev - 11, Trastsianetsky - 10, Shustau - 10
Lokomotiv-KiS: Sapegin - 18, Pishchulenok - 13, Dombrovsky - 13, Sivalko - 12
Vitalyur - Lokomotiv-KiS - 110:56 (27:9, 30:11, 32:16, 21:20)
Vitalyur: Dadykin - 22, Trastsianetsky - 16, Pogrebnev - 15, Sharko - 13, Zaitsev - 10, Gubanov - 10
Lokomotiv-KiS: Sapegin - 19, Lazarev - 14

BNTU - Sozh - 64:69 (14:18, 14:15, 18:21, 18:15)
BNTU: Glavitsky - 14, Shpadaruk - 13, Volk - 10, Titov - 10
Sozh: Vl. Ostrikau - 13, Tsialiapneu - 12, Vch. Ostrikau - 11, Potekha - 11, Gerasimovich - 10
BNTU - Sozh - 63:70 (14:21, 14:20, 22:19, 13:10)
BNTU: Volk - 14, Shpadaruk - 14, Maistruk - 13, Glavitsky - 10
Sozh: Vch. Ostrikau - 16, Yarets - 16, Prokopenko - 11


Temp-OSHVSM - Grodno-93 - 55:82 (10:19, 15:25, 18:16, 12:22)
Temp-OSHVSM: Yakovitsky - 25
Grodno-93: Yafremau - 17, D. Sviridov - 10
Temp-OSHVSM - Grodno-93 - 64:88 (24:17, 17:28, 8:16, 15:27)
Temp-OSHVSM: Yakovitsky - 22
Grodno-93: Yafremau - 17, Mastou - 16, Kachan - 15, Kuznetsov - 13


OZAA - Minsk-2006 - 74:68 (23:11, 11:25, 25:23, 15:9)
OZAA: Kandrusevich - 27, Hubko - 13
Minsk-2006: Koul - 19, Shtereb - 13, Pyntsikau - 13
OZAA - Minsk-2006 - 95:85 (16:23, 32:15, 27:17, 20:30)
OZAA: Kandrusevich - 25, Maksimov - 17, Maksimovic - 15, Skidan - 15, Matveev - 13, Ristic - 5, Hubko - 3, Poderachev - 2
Minsk-2006: Koul - 30, Konushenko - 15, Osipovich - 13

Championship Top Snipers:
H. Kandrusevich (OZAA) - 20.3
A. Koul (Minsk-2006) - 18.3
P. Yakovitskiy (Temp-OSHVSM) - 18.3


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BOSNIA

Lance Williams saves KK Bosna!! -by Nedzad Kladusak
Everyone in Sarajevo thought it would be the easiest opponent in Bosnas group.
Bosna smashed Guilford in the first quarter 29-11 by a great game of Goran ikonic
and Lance Williams who later became the hero of the match recording a double-double.
Guilford simply looked helpless against Bosnas 52 who controlled both boards. In the second
quarter Zdovc decided to give a chance to Pasalic and Sehovic and the british team fought back winning the second 26-18.
Dannie Gilbert and heroic Brian Dux cutted to the basket and draw many fouls (Dux draw 10PF!!) and brought his team back to 8 points difference in the last quarter.
But then Lance Williams giving evidence of the quality difference of the teams, scoring 12 points in the last quarter for the final 84-68.
Nevertheless Guilford fought bravely and presented the british basketball in a good way.


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BURKINA FASO

U22, the cup of SONABHY -by Michel Pacere
The cup of SONABHY
This cup is played every year, only for the U22. The petroliers won the last edition in a big final against the electricians.
This year, after loosing the championship in in all the categories, this cup is the only one chance for the petroliers to save their season. During the national championship, the petroliers fell down against the electricians in a match they just had to win. In other way, the electricians had to win with 5 points.
At the national finals, the electricians lost the match with 4 points against USFRAN, a physical team of the west league (Haut Bassins, Bobo Dioulasso).
The 2007 cup of the oil organization in Burkina Faso begun the last Saturday( 2007-11-02). At the program, there were 2 matches.
 AS-SONABHY vs FASO WARRIORS
 AS-SONABEL vs TAMPOUY LAKERS
After their match against the warriors, the players of Coach DAH (AS-Sonabhy) seem to be better prepared. Against the Lakers, the electricians (AS-Sonabel) had many difficulties to show us that they are the second team of our championship. But it's just the beginning. Wait and see...


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CANADA

The Royal announces roster -by Gianni Pascucci
Pascal Jobin, Montreal Royal President, announced today its 2007-2008 roster. Several players from Quebec have been selected on the team. Denburk Reid (5'7''-G-79) (5'7''-G-79), a spectacular point guard, arrived in Quebec at the age of seven and later played for Dawson and the McGill Redmen. Bobby Miller (5'10''-G-74, college: S.New Hampshire) was raised in Laval and played for the Nomades of Cegep Montmorency. He obtained a scholarship from New Hampshire University and later played in Lebanon. Claude Delmas (6'6''-G, college: N.Michigan), a 6'5'' guard, played also for Universtè de Quebec Au Montreal, while Steve Jerome was a point guard for Ahuntsic College, located in Montreal. The Montreal Royal inaugurates its 2007-2008 season against the Vermont Frost Heaves, lasts year's ABA champions, on Friday November 9, at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. Here down you can find the complete team roster:
# player pos hgt wgt dob college
22 Denburk Reid G 5'7'' 155 21-05-79 McGill
10 Bobby Miller G 5'10'' 245 24-06-74 New Hampshire
23 Marco Volcy F 6'8'' 170 03-03-79 Northern Michigan
25 Quilninious Randall F 6'5'' 205 12-07-78 Northeastern
4 Mohammed Camara C 6'11' 265 06-01-83 San Diego State
32 Chad Catterson F 6'4'' 220 08-06-80 Belmont
13 Cordell Jeanty F 6'6'' 220 01-10-79 John A. Logan C.C.
1 Claude Delmas G 6'11'' 210 07-07-81 UQAM
50 Jonas Pierre C 6'10' 240 30-05-80 Lincoln
Gavin Musgrave G 6'3'' 174 23-05-78 Concordia
3 Tommy Mitchell G 6'3'' 190 25-09-82 Siena
12 Shawn Corbin G 6'3'' 176 16-11-76 Brandon
5 Steve Jerome G 6'1'' 225 29-01-84 Ahuntsic
Head Coach: Dave King
Assistant Coach: Paul Stephens
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Bobby Miller
Athletic Trainer: Sophie St-Jacques, Nadia DeSantis


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CHINA

Guangdong Destroys Shanxi Zhongyu Using Young Native Players -by Arthur Volbert
Playing import Jason Dixon only 22 minutes and not playing Cassiano Matheus at all, Guangdong blasted Shanxi Zhongyu 137-90. Zhongyu played Major Wingate 23 minutes and Damon King 37 minutes, the 60-minute maximum that the CBA allows for imports.

This shows the improvement in the play of native Chinese in the CBA. At one time imports truly dominated the league. Now imports may put up big statistics but they do not necessarily dominate games. After three quarters this game was 111-68 in favor of Guangdong.

Guangdong played its vaunted class of '89 and class of '90 youngsters -- Liu Xiaoyu, Zhou Peng, Su Wei and Wang Zheng -- a total of 74 minutes. This shows how the best younger Chinese players, especially those with international experience, are rapidly improving in their development.

Chen Jianghua, Guangdong's most publicized young player, has not even played this season and Yi Jianlian, of course, has had a promising start with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) scored 28 to lead Guangdong while Wang Shipeng scored 26. They showed the improvement brought on by their international experience. Damon King led Zhongyu with 32 points. Major Wingate, who as a sophomore in high school was considered the most promising young big man in America, scored only 9 points.

Guangdong 137
Liu Xiaoyu 4p+4r+7a+4s+1to, Wang Shipeng 26p+2r+2a, Jason Dixon 22min+17p+9r+1a, Zhu Fangyu 28p+4r+4a+3s, Du Feng 5p+2r+4a+1s, Ji Le 16p+3r+1a, Zhang Zhe 8p+2r+2a, Su Wei 7p+4r+1a+1bl, Zhou Peng 16p+1r+2a+3s
Shanxi Zhongyu 90
Shan Tao 9p+3r+1a, Sun Chunlei 11p+4r, #13 10p+3r, Major Wingate 23min+9p+3r+2bl, Li Dongliang 6p+5r, Damon King 37min+32p+8r+1a+2s, Pan Jiang 4p+1r+3a


Damon King Led Score tonight -by Robert Wang
Shan Xi team played against Guang Dong team tonight at 137 : 90. The other 14 teams will play tomorrow night. Zhu Fang yu led the score in Guang dong team, he received 28 points, 4 rebounds; US guard King Damon (193-G-78, college: Weber St.) led score in Shan Xi team, he got 32 points, made 5 3-points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. He made all 9 free throws. Good luck!

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COSTA RICA

Barva One Win Away from National Title -by Max Blair
Ferreteria Brenes Barva captured the second of five games against Deportivo Saprissa Basket, 77-65.

The emphatic victory for Barva follows their 78-72 point win last weekend. Saprissa must win the next game to stay alive in the Liga de Baloncesto Superior Finals.

After the first quarter the game was tied. But that was the only time Saprissa could have felt good about their game. They made a paltry 33% of their shots against fantastic defense by Barva. That defense led to two emotional and fantastic dunks, rarely seen in Costa Rica, by Isaac Saint Rose: an alley-oop and a behind the back slam.

St. Rose finished with 19 points. Ex-NBA player and former Arizona Wildcats star Khalid Reeves scored 20 points for Saprissa.

The next game will take place Wednesday at the National Gym in San Jose.


Barva Rallies to Win -by Max Blair
Ferreteria Brenes Barva, down by 10 going into the half, stormed back to win a tight first-of-five game against Saprissa Basket. They won by a 6-point margin: 78 to 72. The game, held in Barva's home gym in Heredia, the Sports Palace, was well-attended.

Ex-NBA player and University of Arizona star Khalid Reeves returned for Saprissa after a knee injury limited him during the Clausura Tournament. Reeves scored Saprissa's first seven points. Reeves kept Saprissa in the lead during the first two quarters thanks to key shots by Anthony Castillo and Ivan Jaen's usual hard work for rebounds. The half-time score was 50-40 in favor of the Saprissa.

But Luis Blanco managed to calm his team's nerves during half-time, while giving them an obvious does of energy. Barva came roaring back in the third quarter, scoring 3 points for every 1 point that Saprissa scored. From that point on, Saprissa would never catch up, not even with Reeves scoring 26 points the whole night.

Andres Barrantes scored 20 for Barva.


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CROATIA

Unics wins the opener of ULEB Cup beating Zadar -by Eurobasket News
Unics-Zadar 90:87 OT(22-18, 22-17, 19-19, 15-24, 12-9)

Russian Unics started the ULEB Cup with a victory over Croatian Zadar 90:87. The Russian squad dominated in the game, but could overcome only in overtime. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points. Jerry McCullough (179-G-73, college: Pittsburgh) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) top-scored for the Croatian side with 19 points.

Unics Kazan is one of the favorites not only in the group, however in this season as well. The team had 2 good last seasons and reached the Russian league finals. meanwhile Zadar did not play in ULEB for two years and wanted to come back with a desire.

The hosts started the game offensively and took 22;18 lead in the opening quarter. Another 22:17 in the second brought 44:35 at the half. There was nothing to worry at that time for the Russian team.
In the third quarter Zadar could only tie 10 minutes ending the period with 19:19. A great comeback with 15:24 sent both teams to the overtime. If Zadar could win, it would be probably the first sensation in the Cup, however 90:87 win in overtime lifted Unics to 1-0.

Unics: Dusko Savanovic 20, Jerry McCullough 19+10 rebs, Tariq Kirksay 15+12 rebs+6ast
Zadar: Shammell Stallworth 19, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) 15+9 rebs


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CUBA

TNA- time, Ciego de Avila, Camaguey and Capitalinos will play in LSB -by Alessandro Fontana
TNA-time in Cuba. The teams Ciego de Avila, Camaguey and Capitalinos are already sure to play in LSB 2007. Ciego de Avila won against Villa Clara, Camaguey won easily two games against Sancti Spiritus. Capitalinos won only one game against Metropolitanos. Guantanamo is almost sure to qualify for Liga Superior Baloncesto (LSB) 2007. We know already the names of four of the six teams who will play in the LSB 2007 (the last two teams should be: Matanzas or Metropolitanos; Santiago de Cuba or Holguin).
Matanzas played this week-end 3 games, because a Matanzas-Habana was not played a month ago due to the infiltration of water in the Aurelio Janet Coliseum. Matanzas won two games with a great "MJ" Allens Jemmott (26,3 pts in these three games). Matanzas, with these victories, is closer to qualify for LSB.
The results of the week-end:
Matanzas- Habana= 100-87 ( M= Jemmott 25, Norona 25, Torriente 16; H= Gonzalez 20, Hernandez 16)
Matanzas- Habana= 98-87 (M= Norona 29, Jemmott 27, Torriente 11; H= Gonzalez 14, Pedroso 14)
Matanzas- Habana= 71-88 ( M= Jemmott 27, Norona 20; H= Borlot 21, Oliva 19, Gonzalez 15)
Metropolitanos-Capitalinos= 80-79 (M= Simon 22, Cairo 21, Zequeira 11; C= Lima 16, Lavastida 15, Leguen 14)
Metropolitanos-Capitalinos= 69-85 (M= Cairo 27, Zequeira 18; C= Torres 17, Lavastida 17, Valdes 11)
Camaguey-Sancti Spiritus= 87-63
Camaguey-Sancti Spiritus= 81-57
Ciego de Avila-Villa Clara= 76-58
Holguin-Guantanamo= 86-81 (H= Caballero 22, Blanco 18, Simon 14; G= Elias 23, Masso 18)
Holguin-Guantanamo= 71-85 (H= Simon 24, Caballero 16; G= Pons 20, Elias 16, Masso 14)
Granma- Santiago de Cuba= 98-104 (G= Guillen 32, Fonseca 24; S= Del Toro 30, Martinez 27, Hechevarria 18)
Granma- Santiago de Cuba= 90-99( G= Sanchez 27, Bazaga 18; S= Hechevarria 32, Martinez 29, Del Toro 26)
A. Fontana


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DOMINICAN REP.

Garcia Strong Start!! -by Herubey Grassals

Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) finish strong the fisrt week of competition of the NBA, the dominican averaged 16.07 points on the first 3 games he played for The Sacramento Kings. He made 17 on October 31 againts New Orleans Hornets, 10 on November 02 againts San Antonio Spurs and 23 on on November 03 againts Dallas Mavericks, also he shoot very well ffrom the field.


Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) has a good debut we he help the Atlanta Hawks to beat the Dallas Mavericks on the first week of competition of the NBA, he finish with 9 points and 10 boards and has a good defensive game, Horford was the third pick of the last NBA's draft.




DOMINICANS IN SPAIN... -by Ozell Wells
In another exciting week of action our beloved countrymen were hard at work.
The return of Reggie Charles (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) with 16 pts & 4 rebounds was not enough to propel Imaje Sabadell Gapsa to a much needed win as they lost to ICB Illescas Superficies 87-59. Manuel Guzman (203-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in 4pts, 7rebounds a block and a steal. ICB Illescas Superficies was led by former San Lazaro's Dexter Lyons (198-F/G-81, college: Cent.Florida) with 18 pts 4 rebs 1 block
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had 20 pts and 5 rebounds but it was not enough as Caceres 2016 C.B. lost to Basquet Muro 76-69
Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) had 7 pts 16 rebounds but his undefeated Akasvayu Vic team fell into a 3 way tie for second place as they lost to Farho Gijon 69-52
Alexis Montas (202-F/C-79) pumped in 13 pts 3 rebounds and an assist as WTC Cornella defeated CAI Huesca Cosarsa 71-66
Lastly, Jose Apolinario (208-C-88) played 7 mins but did not record any stats in a 97-86 by his Cosehisa Monzon team over C.B. Navas to capture solepossesion of 9th place in the Spanish EBA-C.


DOMINICANS IN SPAIN... -by Ozell Wells


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EGYPT

EGYP TO THE FINAL OF THE ARBIC CHAMPIONSHIP -by Kirolos Beshay
The Egyptian national team succeded to qualify to the final after their hard win over tunisia 64/60 in a very strong match. The team played this games without one of his best players Tarek Elganam, and coach brederadge didn't participate Ismail Ahmed during the first quarter which ended for Tunisia 18/15, in the rest of the match the egyptian players took the lead in the game thanks to the dynamic duel Wael Badr and Ismail Ahmed. The team will face jordan in the final game after beating Saudi Arabia 79/52. The game will be played in Wednesday at 5:00 P.M

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ESTONIA

ULEB CUP: BC Kalev/Cramo crashes Panionios -by Janar Filippov

BC Kalev/Cramo started the ULEB Cup with a sensational win as they crashed strong Greek side Panionios 81:68. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) was the top scorer with 21 points. Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.) added 17, Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) 15 points. For the guests, Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 16, Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79, agency: Octagon) 13 points.

Kalev outrebounded the guests firmly 38:23. Guests made 10 more personal fouls...
The opening game of Group G, in Saku Suurhall, Tallinn, started with a storm as the hosts took the lead 7:4 and 25:10 and won the first quarter 30:12. In 2nd, the guests reduced the gap a little but Kalev won the half 43:32. Kangur ended the half with a three-point buzzer-beater. In 3rd, Kalev kept a firm lead and a three-point buzzer-beater by Arbet made the numbers 66:53. The guests almost had the game in their hands in 4th as they cut the deficit to 8 (71:63) and had the ball. Luckily for win-hungry Estonians, Panionios could not come any closer and lost the discipline in nervous ending minutues.



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EUROLEAGUE

Interview with Sasha Djordjevic, Partizan -by Nenad Ilijev
Over the 50 Years of European Club Basketball being celebrated by Euroleague Basketball throughout this season, a few shots stand out as the most memorable. One of those, without doubt, was Aleksander Djordjevic (188-G-67)'s title-winning buzzer-beater that gave Partizan Belgrade it's only Euroleague trophy in 1992. His race downcourt to beat Joventut Badalona with a jump shot on the full run is seared in the mind of anyone who saw it, and especially the fans of Partizan in Belgrade. Those same fans will be watching on Wednesday, when Djordjevic is honored with other greats from the club's history in another in the series of 50 Years of European Club Basketball commemorative events being held across the continent. With history on his mind, Djordjevic spoke to Euroleague.net recently about the legacy of 1992. "It was a dream come true," Djordjevic said. "But there was a lot of time and a lot of work that went into the shot. It kind of changed the whole history of the club, who had never won the Euroleague before. That's why it meant a lot. I'm really proud and happy about it, but mostly for the team and the city."

Hello, Sasha. We have to start with The Shot: 1992, Istanbul, your game-winner for Partizan in the Euroleague Final. How often do you think of it?

"It was a big shot and a huge game, the one which gave us the title for the team that I really loved as a kid. So it really meant a lot to me. I don't think about it a lot, but people remind me about it all the time. And it's probably going to stay that way. But it really meant a lot to the team especially for their history, and that's how I'll try to remember it."

What did that shot and that 1992 Euroleague title mean to you at the time, but also now, looking back over the years?

"It was a dream come true. Every kid practicing dreams of that kind of shot for that title because that title was the biggest of all for a team and a player. But as a kid, you try to direct it as a movie: 'Down by two with the ball, 4...3...2...1'; you shoot and it goes in. And it really happened. It was a dream come true. But there was a lot of time and a lot of work that went into the shot. It kind of changed the whole history of the club, who had never won the Euroleague before. That's why it meant a lot. I'm really proud and happy about it, but mostly for the team and the city."

That dramatic victory by Partizan is also considered one of European basketball's biggest moments. How does it feel to be a part of history like that, doing something that everyone who saw it always remembers?

"It's a huge part of history by itself. It was an unbelievable thing how we did it and I did it. I remember Milan in the semis and they had a team full of great players and Mike D'Antoni as coach, who was one of my idols. At the beginning of the semis, there were a lot of photographers taking pictures, but everybody at half-court was turned to the Italians. Only about three or four from my country were taking pictures of us and about 25 were shooting the Italians. I remember saying to the trainer, I don't like that. If we beat them, how will things change? And he said, 'I like what you're thinking.' And it happened."

Your generation of players at Partizan did so much after 1992, too: you, Predrag Danilovic (202-G-70), Zeljko Rebraca (212-C-72), Nikola Loncar (199-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) and, of course, a young head coach then, Zeljko Obradovic. Looking back, could any of you, at the time, have predicted so much success for that young group?

"That's what you work for it. You can't predict things, but you just go for it. We had a good team, and for three or four years were always there, fighting with Cibona, and were always there trying to win it all. We also believed in ourselves and that's what made the difference. We had a coach in his first year but we all had a great relationship, both professionally and as friends, every time we were on the court. I think I and the others were very mature at the time - not only as players but as persons as well. And that really helped to build the great team spirit and respect for the coach, even though it was his first year. And he would not get mad at us, which helped us. If we would lose by 30 or 40 points, he would be laughing, and that was just the opposite of what you would expect. And that helped our confidence to grow."

You were also part of a generation of European players who helped change the way European basketball is looked at around the world. Did you feel those big changes happening and feel that European basketball was getting better and better during your career?

"Absolutely. Back at that time, I was trying for the Olympic team in 1990, after my military time. And then we had the great Euroleague championship and I had a lot of contracts on the table - from NBA and other strong teams. But I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay in Europe. After the title, I had some of my best playing days in Italy on a personal basis and that helped me in my career. That year helped us understand that with hard work and sacrifice we could move on. We were not the best team on paper and didn't have the most money. But looking back, we had some great players, too. Still, a lot of people said that's one of the biggest upsets in European basketball history."

In the end, after your team and individual achievements, what did it mean to you personally to have the chance to play in those European club competitions - the Euroleague mainly?

"That's what you work for. I saw Maccabi growing up and all the other great teams. Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Varese. There were a lot of players with a lot of talent and a lot of big names, who I looked at as my idols. And now I was the one making history. I played a lot of great basketball, and it was an honour to achieve those big goals - as a team team and personally. And looking at Yugoslavia with names like Petrovic and Danilovic and so many others, it was proof that the best basketball was played in Yugoslavia. But it was always about the team. I had a lot of personal honours in my career, but they never gave me the satisfication as those with the team. Every time I talk to young players, I always tell them to think about the team."

by Euroleague.net


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HOLLAND

Rotterdam Challengers in negotiation with Spanish center -by Fred Roggen
According to Rijnmond TV, the Spanish center play in the Spanish highest divisie (ACB). The Rotterdam Challengers hopes to sign a agreement with this player end of this week.

ULEB Cup Play: Both Eiffel Towers, Hanzevast Capitals Lose On Road -by Sanders Jackson


Tonight in the first round of the ULEB Cup action for Dutch representatives Eiffel Towers and Hanzevast Capitals, it was not a good night.

In Poland in Eiffel's matchup vs. Turow Zgorzelec, Eiffel's slow start did them in, findinging themselves in a more than twenty point hole at the end of the 3rd quarter in which they had no answrs, going on to lose by the score of 80-65.
Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF) led Eiffel with 12 pts.


In Romania vs. defending Romanian champions Asosoft Ploiesti, Hanzevast Capitals put themselves in a great position to take a ULEB Cup win back to Groningen heading into the final quarter leading by eight, but Asosoft went on an offensive assault in the final quarter, denying Hanzevast the win, at 80-73. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) led Donar with 17 pts. Hanzevast shot the ball good from the three-point line (10 of 21) and free throw line (a perfect 11 of 11), but sht only 35.6% FG, while Asosoft shot 61.8% FG and were more frequent at the free throw line (20 of 27).



FIBA EuroCup Play: MyGuide Amsterdam Steamrolls Over Energy Rustavi, Advance To Next Round -by Sanders Jackson

In the second matchup between MyGuide Amsterdam and Energy Rustavi, it was no different than what MyGuide Amsterdam has done with the Dutch competition as of recent, leading by a comfortable margin the first three quarters, afterwards blowing Rustavi's doors off the final quarter, winning in an 101-63 rout. MyGuide, who won in Tiblisi last week, went on an impressive 30-7 run in the 4th quarter, shooting at a 63.1% total FG clip and holding the guests to 38.7% FG and dominating the glass at a 50-29 margin. Six MyGuide players scored in double figures, with
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming) leading with 18 pts. each. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 pts. The win moves MyGuide into the next round where they will face Dexia Mons-Hanuait.


Aris-Friesland lose faith in coach Roorda -by Fred Roggen
According to the newspaper "Leeuwarder Courant", the chance is small that Aris-coach Andre Roorda will coach this saturday during the away match against My Guide Amsterdam.
The coach was not contactable for any comment, but from the player-group came the affirmative that Roorda had a conversation with the governing board. He wanted to know or he still be supported by the board. Manager Gert Schurer: we have agreed that we come with information this afternoon.' '


Coach Andre Roorda gone at Aris-Friesland -by Fred Roggen
Aris-Friesland has broken with coach Andre Roorda . The governing board of the Leeuwarder team has ' insufficient trusts ' that Roorda can turn the negative diagrid. Aris won so far only one of the eight competition games. Aris hopes now as soon as possible to attract a new coach.

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HUNGARY

Round 5: Awards -by Tamas Deri

MVP: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services)
Hungarian guard had his first tripple-double in this season with 22 points, 10 assists and 10 fouls against

Best Five
Point Guard: Laszlo Kalman, 22 points (3/5 2pt's, 2/5 3pt's, 10/11 FT's), 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 41 IBM, 40 minutes
Shooting Guard: David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara), 33 points
Small Forward: Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services), 27 points
Power Forward: Peter Vavra (203-F/C-80), 22 points (4/6 2pt's, 3/4 3pt's, 5/7 FT's), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 37 IBM, 37 minutes
Center: Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76), 21 points, (8/10 2pt's, 0/1 3pt's, 5/8 FT's), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 25 IBM, 29 minutes



Round 5: Albacomp beat MAFC -by Tamas Deri
MAFC - Albacomp 60-94
(14-21, 17-19, 15-23, 14-31)
Budapest, Att.: 500
MAFC: Thomas 5/3, Young 9, Edwin Draughan (196-G/F-82, college: Yale) 15/3, Gobi 5, Andras Vavra (202-F-78) 13, Kolarics, Fulop, Wehner 8, Kecskes 5, Likar, Takacs N., Coach: Dinnyes Attila.
Albacomp: Simon 13, Christian Brown (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis,NY) 20/9, Radovic 10/6, Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) 22/6, Bencze 8, Robert Nuber (186-G-83) 10/3, David G. 4, Hanga 4, Keller 3, Coach: Goran Miljkovic
Player of the game: Kenneth Henderson


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IBL

Edmonton's new pro hoops team schedules press conference -by Trask Frost
Edmonton, Alberta—The Edmonton Chill, the City of Champions' newest professional sports team, have announced a news conference to officially kick off their first season in the International Basketball League. Members of the Chill front office, as well as IBL Commissioner Mikal Duilio will be on hand to discuss the Chill and the league as whole.

Edmonton Chill News Conference
Thursday, November 8, 3:00pm
Sutton Place Grande Hotel
10235 101st St. NW, Edmonton, AB

The Edmonton Chill's inaugural season gets underway in March 2008 when the IBL begins its fourth season of competition.


Former Flight players staying busy this off-season -by Trask Frost
Grand Rapids Flight General Manager David Fox announced today that several former Flight players have signed off-season deals to play professional basketball during the fall and winter seasons.

Sun Ming Ming, the 7-foot-9 center from China who averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds in 22 games with the Flight last season, has been playing for Fuerza Regia of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP) league in Mexico since September. Ming Ming, who stared in “Rush Hour 3”, still holds the title of ‘tallest athlete in the world' and was also one of just 5 players recently selected in the Harlem Globetrotters' annual draft.

Kenny Langhorne, a 6'0'' guard who averaged 15 points and 3 assists, and 6'5” point guard Tihon Johnson (6'5''-G-82, college: Mountain St.), one of the top three IBL assist leaders last season, have both signed deals with teams in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). Langhorne, who poured in 38 points in the Flight's upset of 2007 IBL Finalist Battle Creek last season, will be playing for the Oklahoma Cavalry. Johnson, who topped 30 points in three games last year, has signed with the Pittsburgh Xplosion.

Coco Cofield, who returned late from playing in Turkey to join the Flight for the last few games, was one of only eight players selected in the NBA Development League (NBDL) draft last month. Ryan Edwards, who ranked fourth in scoring in the IBL in 2006 before joining the Flight, was selected to play in the Milwaukee Bucks NBA Summer League program.

Fox, who also serves as coach of the Flight, is not surprised at his players' recent success.

“Last season's record didn't really reflect the level of talent we had on the floor,” explained Coach Fox. “With a young, inexperienced squad playing arguably the toughest schedule in the league, we played most teams close but could not get past our inexperience at times.”

In addition, local standout point guard Micah Lancaster (Comstock Park), shooting guard Jerry Cheves (New York), forward Chris Blakely (Ohio) and forward David Williams (Saginaw Valley State) are presently in negotiations with teams in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and in Europe.


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IRAN

BEEM gradually gets far from the top -by Houman Bagheri

In the 9th week of Iranian Super League, BEEM, found itself disappointed at home, when it was thrashed by undefeated Mahram, 92- 63.

Mahram, the Iranian sauce-maker company, left a bottle of hot chilli in Babol for the sandwich-makers, to put them behind one step more with 3 losses.

In Tehran, Azad University, coming from the bottom of the table, overpowered Zob Ahan of Isfahan 75-64, to prove that it would still have great chance to survive with its new coach.

Saba Battery, the Asian Champion, which appeared far from expectations in the past couple of weeks, beat Ararat 80-67.

And the results of other games:
Kaveh 76 Pardis 63
Gorgan 85 Share Kord 67
Petrochimi 89 Gol-e Gohar


The results of last week games:

Azad Univ. 69 Kaveh 100

Saba Battery 93 Pardis 73

Gorgan 63 Mahram 76

Gol-e Gohar 77 Ararat 86

Shahre Kord 91 Petrochimi 94

Zob Ahan BEEM (Cancelled)




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JAMAICA

Andrews drafted into the NBA Development League -by Leonard Whyte
Richard "Zico" Andrews, formerly of Tivoli All Stars and presently a member of the Jamaican national team, was drafted into the NBA Development League by the Bakersfield Jam over the weekend. The 6' 3”/200 lbs guard had a successful college career at Southeastern Illinois College and Cal State - Bakersfield and is fan favorite who is known for his intensity and extraordinary work ethic. Andrews, who majored in physical education and kinesiology, earned Second Team All-Conference honors and averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The Jam is affiliated to the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings of the NBA.

NBL Playoffs rescheduled to new venues -by Leonard Whyte

The quarterfinal playoff games in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) has been rescheduled to G. C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports and University of the West Indies (UWI) due to the unstable weather conditions. The new schedule is listed below:

New Schedule
Monday, October 5
Arnett Gardens Rockers vs. Urban Knights --- 6:00 pm
Majestic Gardens vs. Blazing Panthers --- 7:45 pm
*Games to be played at G.C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports


Tuesday, October 6
St. George's Slayers vs. Running Rebels --- 6:00 pm
Tivoli All Stars vs. Denham Town Wizards --- 7:45 pm
*Games to be played at University of the West Indies (UWI)


Wednesday, October 7
Blazing Panthers vs. Majestic Gardens --- 6:00 pm
Urban Knights vs. Arnett Gardens Rockers --- 7:45 pm

*Games to be played at University of the West Indies (UWI)

Thursday, October 8
Denham Town Wizards vs. Tivoli All Stars --- 6:00 pm
Running Rebels vs. St George's Slayers --- 7:45 pm

*Games to be played at G. C. Foster College of Physical Education & Sports


Friday, October 9
All deciding games (Game 3) will be played (if necessary)



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JAPAN

Toyota pulling away from the pack -by Kenny
After winning the JBL championship in back-to-back years ('05-'06 and '06-'07), the Toyota Alvark are poised to win yet another championship this season. They are clearly the New England Patriots of the JBL. Despite losing 3 top players from their squad after last season, Toyota hasn't missed a beat. After losing Japanese national team trio of veteran SG Takehiko Orimo, G Ryota Sakurai, and F Daiji Yamada, Toyota looked to be in a state of transition heading into this season. Instead, their transition game with speedy PG Louis Campbell (190-G-79, college: Buffalo) has proved that Toyota can overcome key losses just like the Patriots have proved in the NFL.

The Alvark now stand atop the JBL with a 7-1 record after wins on 11/2 (Fri) and 11/3 (Sat) over Hitachi. Toyota easily handled Hitachi 81-71 on Friday while they squeaked by Hitachi on Saturday by a score of 97-85. Toyota's 4-headed monster of the aforementioned Campbell, swingman Charles O'Bannon (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA),, F Michael Takahashi, and SG Takuma Watanabe is proving to be too much for their opposition in the JBL. Toyota basically uses a 7-man rotation with rookie swingman Yusuke Okada getting significant minutes while veteran C Satoru Furuta holds down the fort inside.

Can anyone stop Toyota? It's highly unlikely.


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JORDAN

Local players transactions..... -by Mohammed Malas
- Zain Basketball Team agreed officially with the free agent Khaldon Abo Rukayeah (198-C-83) to play with the Jordanian champions in this season, The jordanian forward left Arena Amman club at the end of last season and was close to be a prt of Al Riyadi/Aramex Amman but he changed his mind folowing Zain's big offer.

In a related occasion, Arena Amman will have the services of Zain's forward Mohammad Bushnaq on loan for 2007/2008 Excellent League season, The deal was made officially yesterday.

- Jordan NT's center Islam Abbas (201-C-80) will play for Orthodox this season on loan coming from 2007's Division 1 champions ASU sports Club who will play in Excellent League from the beginning of season 2008-2009.

Islam is considered now as one of the big stars of the current Jordan National Team who will play tomorrow against host Egypt in the final of 17th Arab Championship in Alexandria.


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KUWAIT

Katrk led Al-Nassr club to win in activating Basketball -by Saber Abdulbaset



Al-Nassr Team won over Al-Tadamn 89/76 in the meeting that the line yesterday, in the hall of Al-Nassr club, rivalries within the seventh round of the championship promotional Basketball this brings balance to the 9-point.
The match between the two teams was equal, the players have not been able to level hoped victory in the third quarter of the game to increase the difference for him to the 30-point decline in the performance of the players Tadamn and numerous errors and fell, and emerged a professional American Katrk who play for Al-Nassr over the game as he managed to register 27 points.

In a meeting last Kazimah was able to raise its total to 8 points after defeating Yarmouk 79/69 to Yarmouk remain at its 8 points, and in this game the parties presented a wonderful performance over the four games, but the players Kazma who had the last word, and were able to resolve the meeting for their interest .
The Kuwait defeated Jahra'a outcome 86/84 raising its total to 12 points and leads the championship temporarily and the two-point difference Qadisiyah, which has not received any loss since the start of the championship.


Al-Jahraa Signs Josh Goodwin -by Sadik Abdullah
Al-Jahra Club have signed free agent forward Josh Goodwin (206-G/F-83, college: Lamar), it was announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Goodwin, a former Lamar Cardinal, played last season for the Manawatu Jets of New Zealand Goodwin averaged 12.0 points, 10.5 rebounds. He also played in the Nike Pro Summer League in Houston, Texas over the summer. Rob Shapiro , Jahra Clubs coach, is very excited by this signing.

"We think that Josh will bring a level of versatility to the team. We run a wide open game," said Shapiro. "We will post guards and swing bigs to the perimeter and Josh fits that mold. He can do both. Cedric Taylor is a similar player. I think the two being 6-8 and 6-9 should give us an advantage in size and athleticism. I think he along with Cedric and the current roster will be an exciting team to watch."

Goodwin is familiar with basketball in the middle east after playing for Al Jalaa Aleppo in the 18th Dubai International Tournament. He has also played in Germany and Sweden.

For information on Kuwait Basketball or any imports in Kuwait, you can email Sadiq at sadiq_abdullah@rogers.com


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LATVIA

ASK Riga debuted in ULEB honestly -by Eurobasket News
ASK Riga-Lukoil Academic 77:58 (12-14, 18-14, 31-16, 16-14)

Latvian ASK Riga started the ULEB campaign with a win over Bulgarian Lukoil Academic. Trailing 12:14 in the opening quarter, Latvians produced a better game in the rest of the game and won 77:58. Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) led the winners with 16 points. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Aerick Sanders (202-F-82, college: San Diego St.) followed him with 11 points each for the hosts. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the visitors with 22 points.

Basketball in Riga is something special and always seems to be an event when the basketball team plays the game. More than 6500 spectators came to support the team in the first game of ULEB Cup. Dwayne Broyles and Sanders gave the hosts 10:7 edge as the teams started the game. Lukoil Academic looked optimistic and won the first quarter 12:14. In the second quarter Grafs nailed a baseline jumper for a 26:22 edge. It was him again and Vecvagars who hit back-to-back shots to help ASK regain the lead, 30:28, at halftime.
The third quarter was a disaster for the Bulgarian team who failed 30:16 in it. A 22-2 run gave ASK a mammoth 56:34 lead. The hosts controlled the rest of the game and finished it on a happy note.

ASK Riga: Dwayne Broyles 16, Sandis Valters 11, Aerick Sanders 11
Lukoil Academic: Pero Antic 22, Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 14


Valmiera wins the first in LBL -by Eurobasket News
Valmiera won only the first game after three games played. In the game over Liepaja the team grabbed a road win 78:83. This season the team has some difficulties reaching the wins, but could take that one. Vladimir Stimac (208-C-87, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Curtis Nash (196-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Charlotte) produced 17, while Sandis Amolins netted 14. Mareks Jurevicus (198-F-85) top-scored for the hosts with 22 points.

VEF Riga smashed Bumerangs 110:73 to improve to 3-2. Maxim Sheleketo led all the winners with 31 points. Edgars Jeromanovs nailed 25, while Maris Gulbis ended up with 14. Janis Poznaks (205-F/C-83) finished the night with 15 points in defeat.

In Division 2 Roja celebrated the win on a road. The team beat LU/Ridzene 71:82 to take 2-4 record. Roja was led by Matiss Graudins (190-G-81) who poured in 23 points. Davis Delvers netted 21, while Edijs Neilands collected 15 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

LU/Ridzene-Roja 71:82
LU/Ridzene: Einars Tukiss (195-G-88) 22, Edgars Eglitis 20
Roja: Matiss Graudins 23, Davis Delvers 21, Edijs Neilands 15+11 rebs

VEF Riga- Bumerangs 110:73
VEF Riga: Maxim Sheleketo 31, Edgars Jeromanovs 25, Maris Gulbis 14
Bumerangs: Janis Poznaks 15

Liepaja -Valmiera 78:83
Liepaja: Mareks Jurevicus 22, Stephen Terill Rich 19
Valmiera: Vladimir Stimac 25+12 rebs, Curtis Nash 17, Sandis Amolins 14


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LITHUANIA

Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas stay unbeaten before the game with each other that will be on November 17th -by Eurobasket News

Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) led Lietuvos Rytas with 20 points and Hollis Price added 19 points and 5 assists. Reigning Baltic League champion Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius improved to 7-0 this season with a 68:83 win at Barons. Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) was the best for the Barons with 14 points.
Zalgiris managed to play two games over the weekend. The team beat ASK Riga 94:72 on Saturday as
Marcus Brown (192-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) led the winners with 19 points. Donatas Motiejunas added 15 points, Mantas Kalnietis had 13. Sandis Buskevics (190-G-77) paced Riga with 11 points.
Last night Zalgiris topped Siauliai 88:102 as
De Juan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) paced the visitors with 20. The favorite used an 8-0 run to take a 49:38 halftime lead. Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) was on top with 18 points and 6 assists. Antonio Grant posted 19 points and 6 assists for Siauliai.

Lithuanian Panevezys beat Triobet/Dalkia 85 : 66. An easy wins in all the quarters lifted Panevezys to 5-2 in the standings. Mindaugas Budzinauskas (198-G-73) led the winners with 28 points and Urbonas netted 11. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) had a good game for the Estonians scoring 23 points and having 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
Suduva/Arvi enjoyed 1 point win over Nevezis 92:91. Even 27:40 could not help the visitors who stayed very close in the end of the game. Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) and Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) produced 20 points each. Maneikis followed them with 12 points as Suduva/Arvi improved to 3-3. Zydrunas Stankus (197-G/F-78, college: Campbell) top-scored for the guests with 24 points.
Lithuanian Alytus beat Fausto 77 : 65. It was a game of a real hero that gifted the win for his team. Nerijus Varnelis was unstoppable for the winners with 31 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists. Janisius followed him with 19, while Kazevicius scored 14. Osvaldas Macernis (197-F-82) posted 22 points in the losing effort.
Aisciai/Atletas overcame Sakalai as both Lithuanian team stay in the middle of the group. A 31:12 in the third quarter was the result of the visitors' win. Valdas Dabkus (202-F-84) led all of them with 16 points. Sumskis chipped in 14 and Vileita had 13. Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Elite Division
Zalgiris-ASK Riga 94 : 72 ( 26-17, 21-12, 25-18, 22-25 )
Zalgiris:
Marcus Brown 19, Motiejunas 15, Kalnietis 13
ASK Riga:
Sandis Buskevics 11, Sanders 10, Bramlett 10

Siauliai-Zalgiris 88 : 102 ( 24-23, 14-26, 29-31, 21-22 )
Siauliai: Grant 19,
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) 18
Zalgiris:
De Juan Collins 20, Eurelijus Zukauskas 18

Barons/LMT-Lietuvos Rytas 68 : 83 ( 15-24, 20-11, 19-21, 14-27 )
Barons/LMT:
Giedrius Gustas 14, Vaikulis 13
Lietuvos Rytas:
Kenan Bajramovic 20, Price 19, Nielsen 14

Challenge Cup
Panevezys -Triobet/Dalkia 85 : 66 ( 17-14, 21-17, 28-20, 19-15 )
Panevezys: Mindaugas Budzinauskas 28, Urbonas 11
Triobet/Dalkia: Gert Dorbek 23+ 8 ast+6 rebs, Makke 12

Suduva/Arvi-Nevezis 92 : 91 ( 13-25, 29-11, 23-15, 27-40 )
Suduva/Arvi: Virginijus Sirvydis 20, Marius Valukonis 20, Maneikis 12
Nevezis: Zydrunas Stankus 24, Viskontas 23

Alytus-Fausto 77 : 65 ( 18-15, 19-19, 19-15, 21-16 )
Alytus: Nerijus Varnelis 31+20 rebs+7 ast, Janisius 19, Kazevicius 14
Fausto: Osvaldas Macernis 22, Armpalu 20

Sakalai-Aisciai/Atletas 67 : 86 ( 10-13, 18-21, 12-31, 27-21 )
Sakalai: Giedrius Kurtinaitis 21, Abramavicius 19
Aisciai/Atletas: Valdas Dabkus 16, Sumskis 14, Vileita 13


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MALDIVES

27th National tournament 2007 -by Mohamed Rishan
The Group Sc wins over SRC 99 points to 41 points maintaining their placing in the up coming 3rd Invitational tournament. Best player of the match Ahmed Shaafee of The Group Sc.
Playing a very dominant game with confidence,The Group Sc won over SRC tonight , SRC falling behind The Group Sc even in the first quarter. They maintained their advantage over SRC in the 2nd 3rd & 4th quarter Finishing with a 58 points margin. this match was the 3rd placing deciding match for the Invitational tournament starting on the 11th of this month.


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MEXICO

Regios Take 4 Straight -by Carlos Chapa
Fuerza Regia Monterrey finished the basketball week winning all of its games at home and recording 13-7, after defeating:
Panteras de Aguascalientes (99-73) Best scorer Fernando Del Angel (195-G/F-75) 27
Lechugueros de Leon (91-81) Best scorer Harold Arceneaux (198-F-77, college: Weber St.) 24
Caballeros de Culiacan (91-87) Best scorer Fred Hooks (198-F, college: Humboldt St.) 26
Tecos de la UAGuadalajara (84-78) Best scorer Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) 31.

Monterrey will have a 4 game road trip, and then will head back home for 4 straight games.


CIMEBA Finals suspended ! -by Gianni Pascucci
The 2007 season of CIMEBA league could really be the worse ever. The Final Series did not start due to an appeal from Titanes de Queretaro, a team than was' t able to find an home court to play its semifinal games vs. Caudillos, and was eventually declared loser 0-20 in both the two games by the league council. The new date for the Game 1 tipoff is tonight, November 6, but there are rumors that the league could cease operation immediately, as a consequence of the "war" between the Federacion Mexicana de Basquetbol and the Alianza Nacional de Baloncesto.....
with the help of Carlos Guevara


Cardell 'Sqeaky' Johnson Leaving LNBP -by Justin Brink
The LNBP's steals and assists leader, Cardell Johnson 'Squeaky' Johnson, who plays for the Halcone of Xalapa is leaving the Mexico for the NBA D leauge. News out of Xalapa yesterday announced that Johnson will be leaving to with the Toros of Austin, the D league affiliate of the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Click here for more on Johnson's departure from Mexico.

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NAIA

Bluefild Rams have strong showing at Auburn University -by Stephan Ditgens
Auburn, Ala. -- Four players scored in double figures, led by Frank Tolbert's 25 points, as the Auburn men's basketball team cruised to an 89-75 victory over NAIA Bluefield College at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum Friday night.

"I thought in the first half we did some things good, but we did not shoot very well," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "These are odd games to play when the other team's big men are shooting from the perimeter and they have a different type of defense that is hard to play against."

In all, Bluefield attempted 42 three-pointers in the game, compared to Auburn's 14.

"We did a good job on the glass tonight, even though we were not much bigger than they were," said Lebo. Auburn out-rebounded the Ramblin' Rams 36-21.

After giving up an early lead to the Ramblin'Rams, Auburn bounced back and took the lead for good on a Matt Haramb three for a 15-12 lead.

Haramb's trey sparked a 15-1 Tiger run that led to Auburn leading by as many as 16 in the first half. AU led 48-36 going into the halftime break.

Bluefield attacked early in the second half, scoring five quick points to cut the Auburn lead to seven. The Tigers rebounded to build the lead back to double digits, where it would remain throughout most of the second half.

The Ramblin' Rams threatened again, cutting the AU lead to seven with 2:56 left to play, but Tolbert led the Tigers back with eight of the team's last 10 points for the 89-75 win.

Also finishing in double figures were Korvotney Barber and DeWayne Reed with 16 points each, along with Haramb with 11. Barber and Reed also neared double-doubles in the game as they finished with nine rebounds and nine assists, respectively.

Tolbert carried the Tigers in the second half, scoring 18 of his 25 points in the period. He was 10-of-14 from the field and 5-of-7 from the foul line.

Bluefield was led by Curtis Dixon with 21 points. He was one of three Ramblin' Rams to finish with three three-pointers as the team went 13-for-42 from behind the arc.

source: bluefield.edu


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NCAA

Memphis nips Tennessee-Martin in the opener -by Eurobasket News
The NCAA Division 1 season got rolling with the Memphis Tigers overwhelming the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 102:71 at Memphis. The Skyhawks opened the game quite aggressively and enjoyed a 23:19 lead early in the game. Lester Hudson (6'3''-G) was on fire scoring 3/3 three pointers and leading his team to somewhat unexpected start of the encounter. But soon everything returned to predictability. Memphis prepared an adequate answer as they posted an 18:1 run and surged ahead to a 49:36 halftime lead. The Tigers never stopped after the break and stunned their opponents with a 17:0 rally early in the second half.
The winners were led by Chris Douglas-Roberts (6'6''-G-87) with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Rookie Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the Tigers. Lester Hudson responded with game-high 35 points for Tennessee-Martin. Andres Irarrazabal (6'7''-F) and Marquis Weddle (6'1''-G) had 8 points apiece in a losing clause. The Tigers outrebounded their opponents 52:41 and forced them to 18 turnovers. They also were more accurate from the field shooting 44% , while the Skyhawks answered with just 31% accuracy.
Memphis will now face Richmond in the Regional Final of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. The winner of this clash will advance to the semifinals at the Madison Square Garden on November 15.

Memphis - Tennessee-Martin 102:71
Memphis
: Chris Douglas-Roberts 28, Derrick Rose 17, Doneal Mack (6'5''-G) 12
Tennessee-M: Lester Hudson 35, Andres Irarrazabal 8, Marquis Weddle 8


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NEW ZEALAND

News from around NBL -by Eurobasket News
The Wellington Saints acquired the new head coach. American Douglas Marty received an invitation from the Saints' chief executive Nick Mills to arrive to Wellington next week to start working with the squad. He is expected to sign the contract accordingly. Australian coach Gordie McLeod was previously taken as the main candidate but he can not join the team earlier than two weeks before the start of the season and became the main obstacle. Doug Douglas Marty worked with the Charleston Lowgaters in the NBDL from 2002 to 2004. He also was the part of the coaching staff with the NBDL Ambassadors at this year's Boris Stankovic Cup. Doug Douglas Marty will replace another American coach Kevin Brooks at the head of the Saints. Wellington is scheduled to start the preseason training sessions next week.
Otago Nuggets want to forget the last season and now are shaping up for the upcoming one. They secured the additions of two well-know names in the NBL history. The Nuggets added former Harbour Heat leaders Brent Charleton (194-G-82) and Nat Connell (185-G-80) to their squad. Brent Charleton averaged 12.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for the NBL regular season champions Harbour. Nat Connell contributed 10.3 points for the Heat last year. Nat Connell also has the NBL title he received together with the Waikato Pistons in 2001. It is a major boost for the Nuggets team who finished the last NBL season at 2-16 record.


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NIGERIA

Zone 3 Preliminaries of Champions Cup for men 07: Potters decision ASPAC 70-61 -by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria sole representative at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men qualifiers, Niger Potters basketball club Tuesday recorded its third straight win with a 70-61 point's victory over host ASPAC basketball club of Republic of Benin.

Potters who had earlier recorded two wins over Abidjan Basket Club 69-64 points last Saturday, returned on Sunday to post a 93-64 points win over Renaissance basketball club of Republic of Benin, got off to good start in first quarter against Cotonuo-based ASPAC by 20-06 points.

The home team fought back brilliantly in the second quarter with a 21-12 points win but that is all they could show in the match largely dominated by the Nigerians who went on to pick the third and last quarters 23-21 and 15-13 respectively for a cumulative score-line of 70-61 points.

Potters inspirational guard Abubakar Usman led the floor with 24 points 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals just as teammate Sati Paul added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals to seal victory for their side whose two remaining games is against Oilers of Liberia and Swallows from Togo.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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PHILIPPINES

FAN'S CORNER -by Benny Lirio

I like the initiative of the PBA to adjust the officiating similar to the FIBA officiating. It will
definitely boost the awareness of the next RP squad from the PBA. They will already be vey much aware of
the gameplay without the need of an adjustment period for the team that will compete. It also encourages
our big men to start learning how to shoot from the outside. eg. rommel adducul who has been pretty fair
with his jumpshots around 15-17ft this conference compared to how he shot his whole career. The change
of officiating also encouraged a lot of good defenders in our league. There are more visible defenders this
conference. These are very positive changes.

On the other hand, our big men should continue to learn how to score better down low. They should learn
how to finish with authority. I'm sick of these big men laying it up all the time. The PBA big men should
always dunk the ball when they get even a little opening down low and the way to do that is to force
the big men to dunk the ball hard even in practice drills. In that way, our smaller big men can score
when they go hard against bigger international centers. Another thing we should improve is our ball
movement and moving w/o the ball. This is how offense is being ran in european basketball. It makes the
offense very quick and it opens up shooters quickly. Lastly, i suggest that teams should engage their
respective coaches in seminars by european coaches or even hire european coaches as consultant. It's
because our coaches are so accustomed to the american style of play. Therefore, now that we're realizing
that we are switching to a european style of basketball, then getting first hand lessons from
european coaches would be perfect. Then, we would have better understanding of the euro style that we
can apply the best way we can.

Just an addition to the previous post, this is the link (http://www.goredhawks.com/basketball/men/roster/index.html)
to the roster of martin methodist college where Jericho De Guzman is enrolled. This is really a
positive boost to the future of RP basketball. I hope the SBP will invest on him coz he has the initiative
of learning in the US therefore, he is driven enough to become a very good big man for RP.

Vittorio Ortega



Philippine Collegiate Champions Cup is on -by Hector Santos
University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) champion La Salle and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) titlist San Beda are the top seeds in the Fil-Oil/Flying V National Collegiate Champions Cup set to kick off Saturday at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Green Archers, who swept University of the East in the UAAP Finals, have been seeded No. 1 in the 16-team, knockout tournament.

The Red Lions, on the other hand, are ranked No. 2 ahead of third seed Ateneo de Manila and No. 4 UE, the defending champion. Samuel Ekwe (203-C) is again expected to lead the Red Lions.

If the form chart holds, the Archers will face the Warriors in the semifinals while the Lions take on the Blue Eagles.

Last year, the Warriors defeated the Lions in the final. Jose Rizal took third place while Mapua settled for fourth spot.

Twelve other teams are entered, including University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University from the UAAP and Jose Rizal, San Sebastian and Mapua from the NCAA.

Conspicuously absent is NCAA runner-up Letran which begged off.

Champions from the different leagues round up the cast, namely: CUSA champion Manuel L. Quezon University, NAASCU titlist STI, UCAA winner St. Francis of Assisi, CESSAFI champion University of Visayas, Negros titlist West Negros, Tacloban representative Sacred Heart College, Unigames third placer Lyceum University and the winner of the ongoing Davao collegiate league.

The teams have been divided into four groups with La Salle, UV, San Sebastian, and the Davao champion forming Group A.

The Warriors lead Group B which also includes FEU, STI, and MLQU.

The Lions, on the other hand, banner Group C also made up of UST, Mapua, and Sacred Heart College.

Group D is composed of Ateneo, Jose Rizal, West Negros College, and Lyceum.

The winner of the annual event, now on its fifth year, will receive P500,000 in the form of sports scholarships. The next three finishers will get P200,000, P100,000 and P50,000 in that order.

Smart has also put up special prizes for the Most Valuable Player (M.V. Pangilinan Cup awardee), members of two Mythical teams, best defensive team, coach of the series and the best performing referee.

Chino Trinidad has been named commissioner and will be responsible for all the operational and technical aspects of the tournament which will run up to Nov. 28.

Players seeing action in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) will be allowed to play for their respective college teams, according to CCL chairman Reynaldo Gamboa.

Solar Entertainment has been tapped to provide television coverage of the event.

Aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, games will be held at the Loyola Gym, San Beda College gym, and at The Arena in San Juan, site of the quarterfinals, semifinals and final.


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PUERTO RICO

Boricuas Abroad -by Alessandro Fontana
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) played on Sunday his first match in the Australian League. His team Wollongong Hawks was defeated by South Dragons Melbourne= 108-115. He scored 18 pts (6/10 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 3/4 FT) and 4 rebounds in only 17 minutes.
In NBA, Dallas Mavericks won against Rockets 107-98. Jose Juan Barea played 19 minutes, with 4 points (2/4 2pts, 0/2 3pts), 4 rebs and 2 assts. Next game for him will be against Golden State Warriors on 8th November.
This season in NBDL should play three "Boricuas", Miguel Ali Berdiel for Albuquerque Thunderbirds, Ricky Sanchez for Idaho Stampede and Guillermo Diaz for Anaheim Arsenal. The NBDL season will begin on 23 November with the game Fort Wayne-Tulsa.
A. Fontana


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ROMANIA

CSU Asesoft make an outstanding debut in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
CSU Asesoft -Hanzevast Capitals 80:73 (13-21, 20-13, 15-22, 32-17 )

Romanian CSU Asesoft opened the ULEB Cup debut with a home victory over Hanzevast Capitals 80:73. A 32:17 in the last quarter brought such a desirable win for the hosts. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) led the winners with 17 points. Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) nailed 16, while Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) produced 17 points in the losing effort.

CSU Asesoft could not taste 6-0 in the domestic arena and desired something special. It was the opener of ULEB Cup and the first win for the country in it. Hanzevast Capitals felt more experienced and started the game with 13:21. Pavel Englicky fueled the Dutch side to 13-25 early in the second period, but the hosts sparked a 15-0 run. Hanzevast Capitals escaped a 33:34 win at the halftime.
The guests started the second half as well as the beginning of the game having a small lead. The visitors held 51:56 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was the benefit for the Romanian squad. A 32:17 was more than enough to prove that CSU Asesoft deserved a win in the opener.

CSU Asesoft: Reggie Elliott 17, Tomas Gaidamavicius 16, Bojan Obradovic 14
Hanzevast Capitals: Rogier Jansen 17, Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) 14


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RUSSIA

Khimky uses 27-15 in the third to win the opener of ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
Khimky-SLUC Nancy 90:81 (23-25, 18-18, 27-15, 22-23)

Russian Khimky that is 7-0 in Superleague started the campaign in ULEB Cup. Being one of the favorites of it the Russian squad beat SLUC Nancy 90:81 in the opener. The victory was achieved due to the win in the third quarter 27:15.
Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, college: S.Mississippi) led the winners with 28 points. Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) posted 16, while Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) and Veremeyenka had 14 points each. Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) top-scored for the guests with 22 points.

French Nancy came to Russia and hoped for the road win. They proved the ambitions in the opening quarter when they won 23:25. Khimky tried hard, but could do nothing in the first half. The hosts stayed too close in the second quarter and tied it 18:18. A 41:43 score on the board sent the teams to the lockers.
In the third quarter everything went OK. The Russian team was on fire as they produced 27:15 in it. The most troubles for the guests brought
Kelly McCarty who scored around one third of the team's points. A 22;23 did not upset the hosts in the last quarter as they celebrated the first total 90:81 victory.

Khimky:
Kelly McCarty 28, Anton Ponkrashov 16, Daniel Ewing 14, Veremeyenka 14
SLUC Nancy:
Cyril Julian 22, Zabian Dowdell (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) 18


Unics wins the opener of ULEB Cup beating Zadar -by Eurobasket News
Unics-Zadar 90:87 OT(22-18, 22-17, 19-19, 15-24, 12-9)

Russian Unics started the ULEB Cup with a victory over Croatian Zadar 90:87. The Russian squad dominated in the game, but could overcome only in overtime. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points. Jerry McCullough (179-G-73, college: Pittsburgh) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) had 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Shammell Stallworth (197-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: USF) top-scored for the Croatian side with 19 points.

Unics Kazan is one of the favorites not only in the group, however in this season as well. The team had 2 good last seasons and reached the Russian league finals. meanwhile Zadar did not play in ULEB for two years and wanted to come back with a desire.

The hosts started the game offensively and took 22;18 lead in the opening quarter. Another 22:17 in the second brought 44:35 at the half. There was nothing to worry at that time for the Russian team.
In the third quarter Zadar could only tie 10 minutes ending the period with 19:19. A great comeback with 15:24 sent both teams to the overtime. If Zadar could win, it would be probably the first sensation in the Cup, however 90:87 win in overtime lifted Unics to 1-0.

Unics: Dusko Savanovic 20, Jerry McCullough 19+10 rebs, Tariq Kirksay 15+12 rebs+6ast
Zadar: Shammell Stallworth 19, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) 15+9 rebs


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S.AMER. CLUB CHAMPS

SACHAM 2007 - Matchday 5: Pitagoras Minas wins, Boca Juniors denied of fourth straight title -by Francisco Vega

The 44th edition of the South American Clubs Championship, played in Brasilia, Brazil, ended after the fifth matchday and Pitagoras Minas got their first ever South American Clubs Championship title by beating Duros de Lara. Boca Juniors tried their best while defeating Universo BRB, but they still came up short in their attempt for a fourth consecutive chrown. Penarol de Mar del Plata said goodbye to the tournament with a triumph over Deportivo San Jose that gave them the third place in the final standings.


Penarol de Mar del Plata (ARG) 95 - Deportivo San Jose (PAR) 78

Quarter by quarter
PEN: 26+17+23+29= 95
DSA: 17+23+10+28= 78

Scorers

Penarol (ARG): Jasper Johnson (201-C-83) 21 points, Marcos Mata (202-F-86) 17 points, Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) 15 points, Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) 13 points, Roman Gonzalez (206-C-78) 12 points, Erick Rodriguez (190-G-79) 9 points, Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71) 4 points, Byron Wilson (192-F/G-71) 3 points, Alejandro Diez (201-C-87) 1 point, Lucas Picarelli (185-G-81) 0 points, Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) 0 points. DT Sergio Hernandez

San Jose (PAR): Bruno Martinessi (202-F-81) 19 points, Carlus Groves (201-F-71) 12 points, Peter Kiganya (197-F-72) 12 points, Federico Mellone (190-G/F-85) 10 points, Aldo Acosta (192-F/G-76) 8 points, Luis Paredes (177-G-88) 8 points, Carlos Jorge Riveros (190-G-85) 3 points, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) 3 points, Orlando Storer (205-C-86) 2 points, Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65) 1 point, Victor Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 0 points, Giulio Laratro (203-C-72) 0 points. DT Horacio Segui


Pitagoras Minas (BRA) 89 - Duros de Lara (VEN) 74

Quarter by quarter
PIT: 25+25+24+15= 89
DUR: 12+21+22+19= 74

Scorers

Pitagoras (BRA): Soro 27 points, Maozao 18 points, Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) 17 points, Wanderson Trigueiro (203-F/C-81) 12 points, Andre 11 points, Luiz Felipe 3 points, Marcio 2 points, Romario Souza (204-C-88) 0 points, Mauro 0 points, Guilherme 0 points, Sean Knitter (204-F/C-82) 0 points. DT Flavio Davis Furtado

Duros (VEN): Alejandro Flores (201-F) 16 points, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) 13 points, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) 8 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 8 points, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) 8 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 6 points, Guillermo Adrian (190-G-85) 5 points, Kevin Palacios (203-F/C-84) 4 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 4 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 2 points. DT Nestor Salazar

Boca Juniors (ARG) 77 - Universo BRB (BRA) 60


Quarter by quarter
UNI: 15+8+19+18= 60
BOC: 17+26+12+22= 77

Scorers
Universo (BRA): Marcio Cipriano (201-C-79) 19 points, Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) 10 points, Rafael Formolo (180-G-88) 10 points, Jefferson 7 points, Luis Fernando (210-C-78) 6 points, Rossi 6 points, Bala 1 point, Eneias 1 point, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77) 0 points, Tony 0 points, Ratto Fonseca (181-G-69) 0 points, Brasilia Clemente 0 points. DT Jose Carlos Vidal

Boca (ARG): Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) 23 points, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) (200-F-78) 19 points, Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87) 12 points, Ryan Carroll (195-G/F-79) 8 points, Quentin Smith (205-C-77) 6 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) 5 points, Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) 2 points, Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) 2 points, Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) 0 points, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) 0 points, Julian Aprea (208-C-87) 0 points. DT Gabriel Picatto



2007 South American Clubs Championship - Stats Leaders -by Francisco Vega
The following is a list with the main scorers and stats leaders of the 44th edition of the South American Clubs Championship, played in Brasilia, Brazil.

POINTS PER GAME
Soro, Pitagoras (BRA) 22.6
Leonardo Gutierrez, Boca (ARG) 19.6
Jasper Johnson, Penarol (ARG) 17.6
Maozao, Pitagoras (BRA) 16.6
Carlus Groves, San Jose (PAR) 16.4

REBOUNDS PER GAME
Marcio Cipriano, Universo (BRA) 9.8
Jasper Johnson, Penarol (ARG) 8.0
Carlus Groves, San Jose (PAR) 7.0
Maozao, Pitagoras (BRA) 6.8
Alejandro Alloatti, Boca (ARG) 6.6

ASSISTS PER GAME
Facundo Sucatzky, Pitagoras (BRA) 11.6
Jose Vargas, Duros (VEN) 5.6
Valtinho Da Silva, Universo (BRA) 3.6
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez, Penarol (ARG) 3.4
Federico Mellone, San Jose (PAR) 3.2

STEALS PER GAME
Valtinho Da Silva, Universo (BRA) 2.4
Rossi, Universo (BRA) 1.6
Facundo Sucatzky, Pitagoras (BRA) 1.4
Federico Mellone, San Jose (PAR) 1.2
Estevam Ferreira, Universo (BRA) 1.2

BLOCKS PER GAME
Estevam Ferreira, Universo (BRA) 1.4
Luis Bethelmi, Duros (VEN) 1.4
Alejandro Alloatti, Boca (ARG) 1.4
Roman Gonzalez, Penarol (ARG) 1.2
Jefferson, Universo (BRA) 0.8


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SERBIA

Interview with Sasha Djordjevic, Partizan -by Nenad Ilijev
Over the 50 Years of European Club Basketball being celebrated by Euroleague Basketball throughout this season, a few shots stand out as the most memorable. One of those, without doubt, was Aleksander Djordjevic (188-G-67)'s title-winning buzzer-beater that gave Partizan Belgrade it's only Euroleague trophy in 1992. His race downcourt to beat Joventut Badalona with a jump shot on the full run is seared in the mind of anyone who saw it, and especially the fans of Partizan in Belgrade. Those same fans will be watching on Wednesday, when Djordjevic is honored with other greats from the club's history in another in the series of 50 Years of European Club Basketball commemorative events being held across the continent. With history on his mind, Djordjevic spoke to Euroleague.net recently about the legacy of 1992. "It was a dream come true," Djordjevic said. "But there was a lot of time and a lot of work that went into the shot. It kind of changed the whole history of the club, who had never won the Euroleague before. That's why it meant a lot. I'm really proud and happy about it, but mostly for the team and the city."

Hello, Sasha. We have to start with The Shot: 1992, Istanbul, your game-winner for Partizan in the Euroleague Final. How often do you think of it?

"It was a big shot and a huge game, the one which gave us the title for the team that I really loved as a kid. So it really meant a lot to me. I don't think about it a lot, but people remind me about it all the time. And it's probably going to stay that way. But it really meant a lot to the team especially for their history, and that's how I'll try to remember it."

What did that shot and that 1992 Euroleague title mean to you at the time, but also now, looking back over the years?

"It was a dream come true. Every kid practicing dreams of that kind of shot for that title because that title was the biggest of all for a team and a player. But as a kid, you try to direct it as a movie: 'Down by two with the ball, 4...3...2...1'; you shoot and it goes in. And it really happened. It was a dream come true. But there was a lot of time and a lot of work that went into the shot. It kind of changed the whole history of the club, who had never won the Euroleague before. That's why it meant a lot. I'm really proud and happy about it, but mostly for the team and the city."

That dramatic victory by Partizan is also considered one of European basketball's biggest moments. How does it feel to be a part of history like that, doing something that everyone who saw it always remembers?

"It's a huge part of history by itself. It was an unbelievable thing how we did it and I did it. I remember Milan in the semis and they had a team full of great players and Mike D'Antoni as coach, who was one of my idols. At the beginning of the semis, there were a lot of photographers taking pictures, but everybody at half-court was turned to the Italians. Only about three or four from my country were taking pictures of us and about 25 were shooting the Italians. I remember saying to the trainer, I don't like that. If we beat them, how will things change? And he said, 'I like what you're thinking.' And it happened."

Your generation of players at Partizan did so much after 1992, too: you, Predrag Danilovic (202-G-70), Zeljko Rebraca (212-C-72), Nikola Loncar (199-G-72, agency: Beo Basket) and, of course, a young head coach then, Zeljko Obradovic. Looking back, could any of you, at the time, have predicted so much success for that young group?

"That's what you work for it. You can't predict things, but you just go for it. We had a good team, and for three or four years were always there, fighting with Cibona, and were always there trying to win it all. We also believed in ourselves and that's what made the difference. We had a coach in his first year but we all had a great relationship, both professionally and as friends, every time we were on the court. I think I and the others were very mature at the time - not only as players but as persons as well. And that really helped to build the great team spirit and respect for the coach, even though it was his first year. And he would not get mad at us, which helped us. If we would lose by 30 or 40 points, he would be laughing, and that was just the opposite of what you would expect. And that helped our confidence to grow."

You were also part of a generation of European players who helped change the way European basketball is looked at around the world. Did you feel those big changes happening and feel that European basketball was getting better and better during your career?

"Absolutely. Back at that time, I was trying for the Olympic team in 1990, after my military time. And then we had the great Euroleague championship and I had a lot of contracts on the table - from NBA and other strong teams. But I didn't want to go. I wanted to stay in Europe. After the title, I had some of my best playing days in Italy on a personal basis and that helped me in my career. That year helped us understand that with hard work and sacrifice we could move on. We were not the best team on paper and didn't have the most money. But looking back, we had some great players, too. Still, a lot of people said that's one of the biggest upsets in European basketball history."

In the end, after your team and individual achievements, what did it mean to you personally to have the chance to play in those European club competitions - the Euroleague mainly?

"That's what you work for. I saw Maccabi growing up and all the other great teams. Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Varese. There were a lot of players with a lot of talent and a lot of big names, who I looked at as my idols. And now I was the one making history. I played a lot of great basketball, and it was an honour to achieve those big goals - as a team team and personally. And looking at Yugoslavia with names like Petrovic and Danilovic and so many others, it was proof that the best basketball was played in Yugoslavia. But it was always about the team. I had a lot of personal honours in my career, but they never gave me the satisfication as those with the team. Every time I talk to young players, I always tell them to think about the team."

by Euroleague.net


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SPAIN

Grznar will play with Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada -by Robert Mayor
Richard Grznar (187-G-91, agency: Regeneracom Sports) will play Sub'20 Circuit with Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada. Young talent, international with Slovak Republic in past European Championships U16 Division B (where was the best scorer averaging 27,8 points, 5 rebounds and 2,8 assists) will join his teammates in Madrid and after will take part in Sevilla Tournament, where Cajasol, Real Madrid and CAI Zaragoza will be the rivals.

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TBL

Texas Basketball League SCHEDULES SECOND TRYOUTS in Durham, NC -by Benjamin Brinkley
06-November-2007
High Point, NC - Benjamin Brinkley, Owner of the Texas Basketball League, the official semi-pro basketball league in Texas, today announced that the TBL has scheduled a second regional basketball tryout camp for November 10th. Pre-Registration will be accepted the Radisson Hotel in High Point, NC from 6pm until 8pm on Friday, November 9th, 2007 and Saturday morning, November 10th, 2007 from 9am until 11am at the Sheraton Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC. For those who have already submitted their tryout fees and paperwork, they will be honored on the new date.

League Owner Benjamin Brinkley and Coaches Jim McClory will conduct the camp. Make all Money Orders or Cashier's Checks payable to the Texas Basketball League. No Personal Checks Accpeted!!!

Cost of the camp is $25 and same day registration will be $40. Please request the Pre-registration forms, Waiver and Presentation Form and bring with you to the tryout. Tryouts will start promptly at 9 am. All players during the tryouts will be evaluated on their one day performance and processed by the league owner Benjamin Brinkley.

Location and time will be announced on Friday night at 7pm.

For more information call (336) 790-6193 or keep visiting www.usbasket.com - click on tbl in the right hand corner, or email texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


Texas Basketball League announces expansion basketball league in North Carolina??? -by Benjamin Brinkley
06-November-2007
Greensboro, North Carolina -- North Carolina hasn't had semi-professional basketball league in the past four years, but the Texas Basketball League is trying to change that
during this upcoming summer in 2008.

Texas Basketball League Owner Benjamin Brinkley announced today that the TBL may attempt to incorporate an expansion basketball league during the summer
in North Carolina within their current men's semi-pro basketball league in Arlington, Texas during the summer in 2008. "We have had some overwhelming interest from
several possible new ownership groups who would like to see a semi-pro basketball league from Richmond, Virigina to Miami, Florida."

“If it if financially feasible, I am all for it.” Said League Owner Benjamin Brinkley “The Texas Basketball League currently has a corner on the market in Texas and there are alot of great players in the Carolinas who have never had an opportunity to play on the semi-pro level in basketball. Again with the regional basketball tryouts approach, I feel people will turn out to watch. I think the key though is to tie the Texas Basketball League's current league format to this expansion league. For instance, the regional basketball tryouts will be held in major cities like Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, Atlanta, Augusta , Decatur, Richmond, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Columbia and Greenville over the next several months. I would like to see this expansion league play this upcoming summer in 2008 and see how it goes."

It was announced that the expansion league will begin operating after the Texas Basketball League season ends in May and the venue locations, league coaches and other front office personnel will be announced in early April 2008.

For more information on the expansion basketball league in North Carolina, please call league office at 817-803-6186 or email: texasbasketballeague@yahoo.com


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U.KINGDOM

Bucknall praises Capital effort -by Dave Ryan
Lonodn Capital go into their home game against Sheffield Sharks on Saturday looking for a third straight victory, having knocked Kularoos Plymouth Raiders out of the BBL Cup on Sunday, a result that left coach Steve Bucknall (198-G/F-66, college: N.Carolina) a delighted man: “It was a really good win for the boys, it's a long trip and not one you want to make too often, but when you win it's a lot quicker on the way back. It was another good effort, and I was pleased with that. We are showing the passion and desire to win games. I think that makes the difference when you are up against it. Wes had a good game as usual, and Sam [Bradley] is making a real difference. He gives us an extra scorer, and takes the pressure off of Wes. We beat a big team, and we're doing what I want us to do, we're pushing and shoving, and really playing hard, and that makes the difference. It doesn't show on the stats sheet, but I think that effort wore them down in the end.”
As a result of the 83-74, the London side now Marshall MK Lions in the quarter finals.
In a close game throughout, the first half was evenly spread, with both sides trading baskets. It was the Raiders who had the upper hand throughout however, as they went into the half-time break leading by two points at 51-49.
The second half saw the teams trading baskets again to start the third period. The game was broken open towards the end of the third quarter. The Raiders led 52-47 with three minutes left in the period, but a 16-4 tear stretching across the third quarter break for the Capital took the score out to 63-56 with six minutes remaining in the game.
The Raiders attempted to get back into the game, but were unable to do so as the visitors secured the all-important victory from the free-throw line.
Terrence Durham led the Raiders scoring with 16 points, while Sam Bradley led all scorers in the game netting an impressive 28 points for the Capital. Wes Miller (180-G-83, college: N.Carolina) added 18 while Santa Ataha chipped in 11 crucial points.


Heat in Europe -by Dave Ryan
When Poujoulat Heat Guildford make their ULEB Cup debut on Tuesday evening at KK Bosna, they face one of the powerhouses of eastern European basketball.
On April 4, 1979, Bosna became the first team from the former Yugoslav to win the Euroleague title, opening the door for teams like Cibona, Split and Partizan to continue that legacy. Zarko Varajic had 45 points, the most ever in a Euroleague final, while Bosnian basketball legend Mirza Delibasic added 30 to lead Bosna to a 96-93 win against Varese in the 1979 Euroleague title game.
Founded in 1951, Bosna had to wait until 1972 to gain promotion to the top division of the Yugoslavian league. But they won the league title the year prior to their Euroleague triumph, and repeated the feat in 1980 and 1983. That marked the end of an era, however, as no more titles came until Bosnia and Herzegovina became independent. Bosna won the Bosnian League in 1999. The team did even better in 2005, as Bosna won both the Bosnian League and the Bosnian Cup, and repeated the league win 2006 before finishing second last second.
Heat's influential point guard Brian Dux (191-G-81, college: Canisius) is excited about the prospect of his side competing in Europe for the first time: “We're very much looking forward to it. No matter what happens it should be a positive experience.
“Whether we win or we lose we'll be looking to take something from it, but our objective is to win the game, and we've been working hard to do that. We've seen their roster, and we have a good idea of what they'll bring. They'll be a good team and they play at a high they are one of the top teams in Bosnia, and they are always pushing to win things.
“We'll play hard, and see what happens. But it should be a good experience for the players, and hopefully we can bring back the intensity we'll need out there into the BBL.”
After finishing as joint BBL Most Valuable Players, along with Sheffield's Jeff Bonds, last season, Dux had other offers, but he admitted that one of the main reasons he stayed with Heat was to sample European competition: “I stayed to play in Europe. The ULEB Cup is one of the top competitions in world basketball. It's a great environment to test yourself and where you are. It's the chance to see a different culture and another country. It's exciting, and we're all looking forward to it.”


Harker criticises schedule -by Dave Ryan
Worcester Wolves player-coach Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Montana St. - Billin) has blamed his side's 89-61 loss at London Capital on a week last Sunday on the “lack of a level playing field”.
While Wolves faced Marshall MK Lions in a tight game that went down to the wire on Saturday, London had a day off following their game at Poujoulat Guildford Heat on Friday.
“We played Saturday and then drove down to the game the following day, whereas they had Saturday off. They are a guard dominated team who play a high-tempo game, if we'd played fresh we'd have had more energy, and I think we'd have won the game.
“We just want a level playing field, we have 14 games back-to-back games, and three of them are when the other sides is fresh. Someone at our club is looking into whether we can change things around a bit this week.
“When I coached here before all the teams had more games, so it was more even. At the moment, not only do we need to play better, we need to cope with sides who are playing fresh against us when we're tired.”


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UAE

Gabriel Hughes signs for Al Wasl -by Ali Ahmed
Al Wasl basketball team management agreed terms with the American Center Gabriel Hughes (211-F/C-80, college: California) to play for them this season.

Gabriel Hughes is a very athletic 7-footer, He's long, has good timing/coordination and has quick leaping ability, Has some back-to-the-basket game, but more effective, catching the ball-then turning and facing and going by his man. Runs the floor well for a 7-footer and Hughes will get his share of blocked shots.

Hughes played last year in Romaina with Gaz Metan Medias.


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UKRAINE

Refutation -by Lena Liashenko
I apologize to Cherkassky Mavpy for the information published before since the banal coincidence of circumstances has resulted in the false speculative conclusions.
I wish one of the most popular clubs in Ukraine new victories.


Superleague Round 5: Another surpise from Lviv -by Alexander Muzyka

BC Kyiv won their 5th straight Superleague contest, having passed the first serious test of the season, defeating Khimik 74:68.
The home side started the game very aggressively on defense and this, combined with Marko Maravic's perfect shooting, allowed them to grab a 38:30 lead by halftime. Kyiv's captain Artur Drozdov missed most of the second half due to pain in his thigh, the visitors took advantage of that. However, they only managed to get close to Kyiv during the last minutes, with no chance left to try to steal the win.
'Today's win is very important for us', Kyiv's coach Tomo Mahoric said. 'We are playing in the ULEB Cup on Tuesday and it's always nice to go into a game like that after a win. I would like to emphasize how my team performed on defense today, especially during the first three quarters'.
'We played against an opponent with great teamwork', Khimik's coach Dmytro Bazelevskyi said. 'We have not played against a team this good this year yet. What's important is that the we outrebounded Kyiv and if not for some unnecessary mistakes, the results could have been different'. (BC Kyiv official site)

Superleague. Round 5

Nov. 1


MBC Mykolaiv - Azovmash 78:99 (16:31, 22:16, 15:31, 25:21)
M
: Gladyr 15, Chausov 15, Hilevych 12 + 5 rbs, Vynohradov 10 + 4 rbs, Raievskyi 9 + 5 rbs, Silkovskyi 9, Tonchenko 4 + 6 ast, Beskov 2 + 5 rbs, Kravtsov 2, Tkach 0, Shepil 0
A: Edney 21 + 5 rbs + 4 ast, Harper 19, Lischuk 12 + 14 rbs, Meshcharnakou 12 + 6 rbs, Liadelis 12 + 5 rbs, Delininkaitis 8, Reese 8 + 4 tos, Archebald 5 + 5 rbs, van de Hare 2, Skutelnik 0


Nov. 2


Dnipro - Budivelnyk 71:61 (17:18, 15:16, 12:9, 27:18)
D
: Koval 12 + 5 rbs, Khizhniak 11 + 7 rbs, Kobzystyi 10 + 11 rbs, Matiukevych 9 + 4 rbs, Panchenko 9 + 4 tos, Kornienko 7 + 8 rbs, Vilkhovetskyi 7, Shevchenko 4, Markov 2, Kozlov 0
B: Yailo 13 + 4 rbs, Stefanishyn 10 + 5 rbs, Ivshyn 6, Yevstratenko 6, Brianysev 5 + 4 rbs, Orlenko 5 + 4 rbs, M.Balashov 5, Zabirchenko 5, Kovalenko 4, Sharper 2, Horbenko 0 + 5 rbs, Nerush 0


Nov. 3


Politekhnika-Halychyna - Sumykhimprom 77:75 (21:22, 12:18, 22:16, 22:19)
PH
: Ulyanko 20 + 4 rbs, Kouzmine 14 + 4 rbs, Gurtovoi 10, Annenkov 9, Bulajic 7, Zubrytskyi 5 + 5 rbs, Koroviakov 5, Golubev 4, Lemyk 3, Shvets 0
S: R.Kryvych 36 + 6 rbs, I.Kryvych 14 + 7 rbs, Kojenets 12 + 8 rbs + 6 tos, Tomic 5 + 4 rbs, Malysh 4 + 4 rbs, Shkurupi 2, Zahrybelnyi 2, Butskyi 0, Malesevic 0, Yeriomin 0, Y.Zozulia 0


BC Kyiv - Khimik 74:68 (22:18, 16:12, 23:16, 13:22)
Ky
: Maravic 20 + 6 rbs, Faison 14, Drozdov 11 + 4 rbs, Jaacks 6 + 5 rbs, Krstic 6 + 4 ast, Markoishvili 6, Stack 5 + 6 rbs, Jeter 4, Kravtsov 2
Kh: Kelly 18 + 7 rbs + 4 ast, Bratic 13, Korochkin 10, Djuric 8 + 6 rbs, Famutimi 7, Cakic 6, Agafonov 4 + 4 rbs, Lepojevic 2, S.Sabutskyi 0, Popov 0


BC Odesa - Kryvbasbasket-Lux 87:76 (26:24, 13:11, 26:20, 22:21)
O
: Barlow 21 + 7 ast + 6 rbs, Poltoratskyi 20 + 4 rbs, Tkachenko 17, Karvanen 8 + 5 rbs, Rybalko 5 + 4 rbs, Yushkin 5, Kuznetsov 5, S.Balashov 4, Goliakhov 2
KL: Simpson 15 + 6 rbs, Kondratovets 13, Korabliov 12 + 7 rbs, Herasymchuk 11, Neukhatskyi 9, Zhurzhyi 6, Blyzniuk 5, Boiko 5, Pavlovic 0, D.Glebov 0


Cherkasy Monkeys - BC-93 Pulsar 104:89 (22:16, 32:22, 27:33, 23:18)
ChM
: el Khatib 34 + 14 rbs + 6 ast + 4 stl + 6 tos, Revzin 23 + 7 rbs + 4 ast, Lebedev 22 + 5 rbs + 4 ast, Cekovski 12 + 7 rbs, Rodgers 11, Jarutis 2, Maznev 0, Kozlovskyi 0, Kanate 0, Podoliako 0
P: Fraseniuk 22 + 4 rbs, Sokur 21, Artymovych 12, Diatlovskyi 12, Dubniuk 8 + 5 rbs, Skidanov 7, Riabinin 5, Shemosiuk 2 + 4 rbs, Miakinin 2



Farm's league Round 5 results and standings -by Alexander Muzyka

We have the good difference between Superleague's first and second championship. It shows the management's attitude to the Ukrainian basketball. We can see who is growing up the future of the Ukrainian basketball and who can only have the wins by the foreigners he bought. Can you see it by comparing the standings?

BC Kyiv's farm team celebrated yet another win in the championship, this time defeating Khimik's junior squad 65:57 behind Maksym Pustozvonov's 18 points and 15 rebounds. Kyiv's head coach Vitali Cherni regarded the opponents from Yuzhniy as one of the top teams in the league and the game was taken very seriously.
'My players showed very good quality basketball today, compared to our previous games”, said Cherni' after the game. “This means that we are heading in the right direction. I am pleased we managed to create nice atmosphere within the team and even more confident wins are still to come”. (BC Kyiv official site)


Superleague farm's. Round 5
MBC Mykolaiv - Azovmash 83:76
BC Odesa - Kryvbasbasket-Lux 51:66
Dnipro - Budivelnyk 114:77
Politekhnika-Halychyna - Sumykhmprom 78:61
Cherkasy Monkeys - BC-93 Pulsar 80:61
BC Kyiv - Khimik 65:57

Team

G

w

L

P

1 Dnipro

5

5

0

10

2 Politekhnika-Halychyna

5

5

0

10

3 MBC Mykolaiv

5

5

0

10

4 BC Kyiv

5

4

1

9

5 Azovmash

5

3

2

8

6 Cherkasy Monkeys

5

3

2

8

7 Khimik

5

2

3

7

8 Kryvbasbasket-Lux

5

2

3

7

9 BC-93 Pulsar

5

1

4

6

10 Budivelnyk

5

0

5

5

11 BC Odesa

5

0

5

5

12 Sumykhimprom

5

0

5

5



Higher League last results -by Alexander Muzyka
There is the only team without loses in Ukrainian Higher League - Kremin-Politekhnik from Kremenchuk. Odesa's Domograd has lost its 'zero' this week-end.

Group A
Kharkiv-Politekhnik
- KDPU 86:74, 83:58
DniproAzot - BC Donetsk 84:76, 72:99
KTU - Koksokhim-Stal 96:72, 90:88
Fero-ZNTU - Orlan 91:69, 90:63

Group B
Griffins - KMPU Grinchenka 68:50, 80:56
BC Sarny - BC Ternopil-TSTU 102:40, 123:68
MSDUShOR - SC Adzhalyk 90:69, 81:67
Hoverla - Domograd 76:70, 72:88


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ULEB CUP

ASK Riga-Lukoil Academic season opening game in Uleb Cup -by Bruno Baltazar
Riga and Lukoil played the first 2 European cup finals in 1958 and 1959,so they did a pre game ceremony honoring legens from both teams.
About the game ,Riga playing in their court easily got the win (77-58),the first half ended with Riga lead 30-28 but the second half was the turning point for Riga that resolved the game with no dificulties,the biggest was in the 22pts different 56-34 in the 3rd quarter with a 22-2 run.
Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) for Riga with 22pts and Donta Smith with 14pts for Lukoil was the leaders of the game.


CSU Asesoft make an outstanding debut in ULEB Cup -by Eurobasket News
CSU Asesoft -Hanzevast Capitals 80:73 (13-21, 20-13, 15-22, 32-17 )

Romanian CSU Asesoft opened the ULEB Cup debut with a home victory over Hanzevast Capitals 80:73. A 32:17 in the last quarter brought such a desirable win for the hosts. Reggie Elliott (196-G-73, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mercer) led the winners with 17 points. Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) nailed 16, while Bojan Obradovic (206-F/C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 14. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) produced 17 points in the losing effort.

CSU Asesoft could not taste 6-0 in the domestic arena and desired something special. It was the opener of ULEB Cup and the first win for the country in it. Hanzevast Capitals felt more experienced and started the game with 13:21. Pavel Englicky fueled the Dutch side to 13-25 early in the second period, but the hosts sparked a 15-0 run. Hanzevast Capitals escaped a 33:34 win at the halftime.
The guests started the second half as well as the beginning of the game having a small lead. The visitors held 51:56 at the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was the benefit for the Romanian squad. A 32:17 was more than enough to prove that CSU Asesoft deserved a win in the opener.

CSU Asesoft: Reggie Elliott 17, Tomas Gaidamavicius 16, Bojan Obradovic 14
Hanzevast Capitals: Rogier Jansen 17, Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) 14


FMP wins against Ovarense but had a hard win -by Bruno Baltazar
This days there are nomore easy teams in Europe and FMP proved it tonight.
The portuguese champion side Ovarense with a young roster in Belgrade lost to a FMP side with many european experience as they arrived in the semi-finals of past season ULEB Cup.
This season they want to win but Cordell Henry with 29pts and 6 assists tried everything to show his quality and portuguese basket quality at this time in clubs.

Portuguese coach Luis Magalhaes rotated alot his bench giving many minuts to portuguese players like Elvis Evora (14 pts, in 19 minuts), Rui Mota (8 pts, in 23 minuts), Fernando Neves (6 pts, in 17 minuts) and Andre Pinto (5 pts and 4 rebounds, in 22 minuts).
The first half was very equilibrated ended the 2nd period with a 46-45 lead for FMP.

In the second half experience got a win for FMP ,their better players were:Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) with 22pts and 10 rebounds.
By Quarter 1 2 3 4
FMP 20 26 27 16
Ovarense 23 22 20 14


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URUGUAY

Kevin Young grabbed 17 rebounds and Bigua defeat Atenas -by Hector Lopez

Juan Jose Rovira (180-G-76) scored 23 points, incluiding 5 three-point shots, and Kevin Young (206-C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri) netted 21 and grabbed 17 rebounds, when Bigua beat Atenas 96-90 for the 16th round of the Uruguayan League. Bigua was winning by 15 points at the beginnng of the last quarter, but then came a 19-2 rally by Atenas. Martin Osimani scored nine points in a row. Bigua is now 11/4 and the leader, defensor Sporting, 11/3. Results and main scorer (incluiding import players)
Bigua 96 - Rovira 23, Young 21 (17 rebounds), Mark Alan Bortz (208-F-82, college: Buffalo) 13 (10 rebounds)
Atenas 90 - Hakeem Rollins (202-C/F-83, college: Washington) 20 (5 rebounds) Richard Matienzo (202-F/C-69, college: Miami Dade CC) 16, Morris Hall (185-G-82, college: Wayne St., MI) 14
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Hebraica 81 - Pablo Morales (200-F-79) 19 Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 12 (6 rebounds) LaShawn Malloy (208-C-83, college: New Orleans) 2 (7 rebounds)
Olimpia 69 - Ruben Nemhard 16
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Union Atletica 92
Sayago 81



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VENEZUELA

Duros sign Jamil Terrell, Pescadores add Alejandro Flores -by Francisco Vega
Duros de Lara moved things around after their comeback from the 2007 South American Clubs Championship in Brasilia, Brazil, as they gave back three loaned players to their original teams and replaced their imported player.

Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and Amber Marin (208-C-81) were returned to Graneros de Portuguesa and Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) went back to Pescadores de Sucre. Meanwhile, the team announced that they couldn't bring Cedric McGinnis (206-C-77) to Venezuela and decided to sign Jamil Terrell (203-F/C-80), who was playing in Colombia for Bucaros de Santander, as new imported player, to replace jamaican power forward Damion Staple (201-F/C-80).

Terrell, a 27-year old and 2.03m tall power forward and center, has also played in Slovenia and Chile recently with success. The coaching staff of Duros, led by Nestor Salazar, announced that they decided to release venezuelan/american Reinaldo Charles (190-G-84), who returned to the United States inmediately after he was told of the decision.

Meanwhile, dominican Alejandro Flores (201-F), who played as a reinforcement player for Duros de Lara in the Brazil and prior to that played the whole regular season for Estudiantes de Guarico, with whom he ended as top rebounder and second best scorer of the league, will now become imported player of Pescadores de Sucre for the LNB playoffs, after that management decided to let go Carl Mitchell (206-F-79) to open up a space for Flores.


Deportivo Tachira, new team for LPB 2008 -by Francisco Vega
Liga Profesional de Baloncesto decided to expand their current limits to 9 teams, by adding the franchise of Deportivo Tachira, based in the city of San Cristobal and with "Heroes del 97" Gymnasium as their home court, for a league that will start its 2008 edition on March 1st, according to its Comissioner, Rolando Urdaneta.

Deportivo Tachira will be the brother of the same organization's pro soccer team, one of the teams with most tradition in the country's first division. Ruffo Jhon is its president and Karim Assafo will be its general manager.

The league had originally intended to give a chance to a tenth team, Macizos de Guayana, but their current finantial problems in Liga Nacional and also the trouble they've faced with the repairments that are taking place at "Hermanas Gonzalez" Gymnasium of Puerto Ordaz, made the main board of the league loose its confidence on them, so they'll have to wait till 2009, when a new expansion process will begin and three teams will have the chance to enter the league, to make it a 12-team league.

Urdaneta revealed that besides Macizos, and organization called Centauros de Cojedes and representatives of the Aragua, Portuguesa and Vargas states are interested in bringing new franchises into the LPB in 2009. Vargas has the experience of Tiburones in LNB, Aragua held Toros up until 2003 and Portuguesa has tradition as the home of Bravos in the past, a team that stopped existing in 2002.


Venezuelans abroad -by Francisco Vega
The following is a short updated report on some of the Venezuelan players that are currently active in foreign leagues of the world and how their current performances are so far in the 2007-2008 season.

Oscar Torres (UPIM Fortitudo Bologna, Italy, Serie A)
-Netted 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in his team's victory over Virtus Fortezza Bologna in Week 8 of Italy's Serie A
-Scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his team's defeat against Dynamo Moscow of Russia, 91-66, as part of Matchday 1 of the 2007-2008 ULEB Cup.

Hector Romero (Legea Scafati, Italy, Serie A)
-Was among the top scorers with 16 points and 6 rebounds in Legea's triumph against Siviglia Wear Teramo, 75-73, in Week 8 of Italy's Serie A.

Javier Roman (CB La Laguna, Spain, Adecco LEB Gold)
-Scored 6 points and grabbed 3 rebounds in his team's loss against Plus Pujol Lleida, 100-81, as part of Matchday 7.

Pablo Machado (Estructuras Torrevieja, Spain, Adecco LEB Bronze)
-Showed great form as a starter in an away victory, 76-69 against ADT Tarragona, by scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 22 minutes of play, as part of Adecco LEB Bronze's Matchday 7

Jesus Urbina (Grupo Promobys Tijola, Spain, Adecco LEB Bronze)
-Tried out for a week to start a career in Europe with this team, but suffered a minor right foot injury that requires for him to rest that forced his team to release him after the tests. He'll go back to the United States and then try again in Spain in the month of January

Jhorman Zamora (Zarzuela Maristas, Spain, EBA)
-Scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his team's defeat against Marin Peixegalego, 82-72 as part of Matchday 7.

Hernan Salcedo (Angeles de Puebla, Mexico, LNBP)
-Netted 8 points in his team's defeat against Soles de Mexicali, 100-69. Salcedo has been one of the top scorers and best players of his team, with a couple of 30-plus points presentations and usually averaging between 18 and 22 points per outing.

Greivis Vasquez (Maryland Terrapins, USA, NCAA) and David Cubillan (Marquette Golden Eagles, USA, NCAA)
-Are about to begin official preseason and are weeks away of official tournaments of the 2007-2008 edition of Division I

Cruz Salcedo and Enielsen Guevara (Bucaros de Santander, Colombia, Copa Saludcoop)
-Became champions of Colombia for the second straight season, after defeating Arrieros de Antioquia 4-0 in the Finals. Guevara netted 26 points in Game 4 and was among the candidates for MVP.

Luis Julio, Jorge Leon and Nilsson Carabali (Arrieros de Antioquia, Colombia, Copa Saludcoop)
-Came up short and became runner-ups of the 2007 season of Copa Saludcoop in Colombia, after loosing in the Finals 4-0 against Bucaros de Santander




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Women News

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BELGIUM - Women

Waregem sensationally overcomes Dexia -by Eurobasket News
Waregem provided some food for thought as they burst out with a sensational victory over Dexia in the 4th round of the Belgian championship. The hosts gave a warm welcome to the defending champions as they outscored them 18:7 in the first frame and dictated the pace afterwards. Dexia trailed by 15 points at halftime 21:36 but seemed to start recovering after the main break. The visitors spurred ahead early in the third stanza and cut the deficit a bit. However Waregen soon regained control and entered the final stanza in front 49:35. The final period was a low-scoring affair as neither team could find the rhythm. But it did not influence the result as Waregem handed the first loss to Dexia 56:42.
Nele Deyaert (186-F-79) nailed 13 points for the winners. Kamila Oplustilova (188-C-78) and Angele Boucquey (175-F-81) contributed 12 points apiece for the home team. Waregem improved to 4-0 record and climbed on top of the D 1 standings. Marjorie Capreaux (164-G-87) netted 15 points in a loss.
BBC Boom secured their perfect record in the ladder as they sealed a confident 71:46 road victory over Spirou Monceau. BBC Boom craved the result in the first and third quarters outscoring their opponents by 31 points in these two terms. Van Driel chipped in 22 points in a win. Christiana Lackner (185-F-85, college: Harvard) had 17 points for BBC Boom as they occupied the second spot in the standings.
Sint Kateline found themselves at the third spot after they rallied past Runkster 99:62 at home court. The home team proved their dominance in every quarter and cruised to their 3rd win in the season. Van Dessel poured in 21 points for the winning side. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) replied with 20 points for Runkster.

Waregem - Dexia 56:42
Waregem: Nele Deyaert 13, Kamila Oplustilova 12, Angele Boucquey 12
Dexia: Marjorie Capreaux 15, Smith 8

Houthalen - Point Chaud 75:74
Houthalen: Carrie Myers (180-G-85, college: Valparaiso) 17, Tanja Zivkovic 14, Mertens 11
Point Chaud: Brittany Smart (175-G, college: Cedarville) 25, Yasmina Zanella (185-F-76, agency: LBM Management) 16

Monceau - BBC Boom 46:71
Monceau: Valerie Kara (173-F-88) 11, Kiukhoven 9
BBC Boom: Van Driel 22, Christiana Lackner 17, Corina Arts (184-C-76) 10

Sint Kateline - Runkster 99:62
Sint Kateline: Van Dessel 21, Jana Raman (183-F-91) 15, Eveline Decroos (184-F-84) 14
Runkster: Sara Leemans 20, Hilde Kreemers (180-F-79) 9

Namur - Kortrijk 60:48
Namur: Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) 19, Simona Nicolae (188-C-74) 16
Kortrijk: Kathleen Logghe (186-C-79) 11, Evy Linthout (175-F-84) 7


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DENMARK - Women

Horsholm bump Abyhoj to stay close to SISU in the ladder -by Eurobasket News
Horsholm revived in the second half after somehow slow start against Abyhoj and secured an important 60:34 home victory. Abyhoj entered the game more determined and limited the hosts to just 8 points in the starting frame. Harsholm tried to return into action in the second stanza but hardly succeeded as they managed just to cut the deficit to 2 points at halftime 22:24. However the main break was quite helpful for the home team as the situation change drastically in the second half. Horsholm switched on a pressure and forced Abyhoj to numerous mistakes. The visitors delivered just 4 points in the third stanza and appeared trailing by 15 points heading into the final term. Abyhoj could not find the way to recover at the late stages and had to suffer their 3rd loss in the season. Horsholm meanwhile improved to 5-1 record, one defeat away from SISU.
Kristine Jensen paced the hosts with 22 points and 14 boards. Anne Thorius (179-G-77, college: Michigan) contributed 16 points for the winners. Bianca Simone Christiansen Morso (178-G-90) netted 12 points for Abyhoj.
Amager used the loss of Abyhoj and surpassed them in the ladder. Amager drove to a 69:57 win over Vitus away from home. Amager looked dominating in the first half and easily piled up a 38:21 advantage at halftime. But the hosts responded with a 20:13 third quarter and stayed close early in the fourth term. But Catharina Jensen led her teammates to a positive result in the end as she finished with game-high 19 points. Tine Freil (180-G-70, college: Pacific) reigned the paint with 19 rebounds for the visitors. Maggie O'Hara (191-F) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds for Vitus.


Horsholm - Abyhoj 60:34
Horsholm: Kristine Jensen 22+14 boards, Anne Thorius 16
Abyhoj: Bianca Simone Christiansen Morso 12, Fie Nordby 10

Vitus - Amager 57:69
Vitus: Maggie O'Hara 13+9 boards, Maike Mocikat (159-G-85) 10
Amager: Catharina Jensen 19, Emilie Ramberg (173-G-79) 15, Tine Freil 6+19 boards


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HUNGARY - Women

Tiffani Williams-miracle: 26 rebounds and 16 points -by Gabriel Zippenfenig
Sandor Foldi has been coaching in Cegled for 30 years but he has never seen such a girl who achives 26 rebounds in one game.

Tiffani Williams' (200-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) team (Szeviep Szeged) played against Kanizsa. She scored 16 points, 26 rebounds (19 deffensive, 7 attacking) and 7 blocks. After 4 games her average score is 16 points therefor she is the best player of the Hungarian League.


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IRELAND - Women

Aughinish and Mercy are on top -by Eurobasket News
Aughinish and Mercy remain on top of the irish Superleague standings as they share the first spot at 6-1 record. Hotel Cork however are at the second place with a perfect record of five wins in five outings. Lately Aughinish posted two confident victories over Meteors and Dart Killester at home.
Aughinish looked solid against Meteors and despite just a 2-point lead at halftime proved the strength in the second part of the game. Aughinish tightened up their defense after the main break and easily secured the fifth win in the season 70:58. Sarah Jillian Aherne (176-F-74) scored 19 points to lead the way for the hosts. Dearbhla Breen (173-G-83) added 14 points for Aughinish. Truncale and Farrell answered with 17 points apiece for Meteors. Later in the week Aughinish took on Dart Killester at home and dismantled their opponents 72:46. Dearbhla Breen paced the winners with 14 points. Malcolm netted 13 points in a loss.
Hotel Cork held to their perfect record as they overcame Waterford Widlcats 95:62. Jennifer Strong (183-F-84, college: Dayton) topscored with 20 points. Michelle Fahy (-82) nailed 19 points in a winning clause. Michelle Aspell (168-G) had 16 points for the Wildcats as they slid to 2-4 record in the ladder.
Mercy never stopped en route to the top spot in the ladder as they swept Tolka Rovers aside 87:38. Lyndsay Peat produced 24 points for the league leaders. Tolka Rovers meanwhile remained without a single win in the tournament.

Tolka Rovers - Mercy 39:87
Aughinish - Dart Killester 72:46
Mercy - Dart Killester 94:54
Waterford Wildcats - Tolka Rovers 101:66
Aughinish - Meteors 70:58


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ISRAEL - Women

Round 6th results -by Gil Goshen

Elirzur Ramla - Maccabi Ashdod 97:71
Ramat Hsharon - Maccabi Ramat Chen 96:77
Bnot Hsharon - Elirzur Hulon 84:72
Hpoel Tel Aviv - Bey Yehuda Tel Aviv 62:67

Who is going to stop Bnot Hsahron?

After they beat Ramla, Ramat Hsharon , Ashdod and Ramat Chen They won the game vs. Elirzur Hulon 84:72.

They were led by Mistie Williams -GG basketball agency 22 points and 10rb, Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency:GG basketball agency , college: Penn St.) GG basketball agency 21 points, 8rb, 7as, 6st and Abiola Wabara (183-F-81, college: Baylor) GG basketball agency had 13 points.

While for Hulon team its was the night of Alvine Mendeng (184-G/F-81, college: N.Carolina St.) GG basketball agency had 29 points and 12 rb.

Detrina White GG basketball agency ) had double figures ( as usual ...) 21 points, 13 rb. Ivory Latta GG basketball agency had 9 as.


Ramla did not have diffiiculties vs Ashdod . Tangela Smith had 21 points and 10 rb. While Ayana Waker had 28 points for Ashdod.

Ramat Hasharon defeated Maccabi Ramat wes led by Deanna Jackson 29 points 13 rb and Jia Perkins 23 points. For Ramat Chen Kasha Terry 21 points and Edwina Brown 12 points.









who is going to save Hpoel Tel Aviv? -by Gil Goshen
After 6 rounds its clear now that the former Israeli champion Hpoel Tel Aviv ( 2004/5 ) is in deep problems.
Yesterday night the team have lost vs. Bney Yehuda Tel Aviv 62:67. The team did not win even one single game !!!!!! and they are on the way to div 2...
The game yesterday was very weak but Bney Yeuda succeeded to make a run of 7 points on the last minute and won.
The only player that We can mention in Hpoel is Vicky Hall who had 21 points while in Bney Yehuda La'Tangela Atkinson,Kamesha Hairston and LaToya Bond
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ITALY - Women

Pomezia changes coach; Napoli signs Richter only for Euroleague -by Carlo Grilli
First bench-shift in Serie A1: Roma (0-4) fired Massimo Bernardini and signed Sandro Incecchi, hoping leaving the bottom of the standings. The defending champions of Napoli (1-3) signed Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) only for Euroleague, which starts on wednesday, October 7th: Napoli will face Fenerbahce in Istanbul.

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LATVIA - Women

RTU Klondaika leads LSBL with 4-0 record -by Eurobasket News
November 4th and 6th brought three more games in Latvian LSBL. TTT-RAPA managed to play two games and lost both of them. Cesis improved to 3-0, while RTU Klondaika is on top with 4-0.

Cesis beat TTT-RAPA on November 4th 83:52. The team reached 3-0 and shares the second place with Liepaja. Tamara Bowie (186-C/F-81, college: Ball St.) led the winners with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Michelle Campbell (188-F-84, college: Rutgers) produced 19, while Inese Maca added 12. Liga Surkusa (194-C-91) posted 16 points in defeat.

RTU Klondaika upset TTT-RAPA on November 6th 90:50 to take 4-0 from the start. Inara Jakobsone (181-G-71) paced all the winners with 21 points. Anete Brice followed her with 20, while Ilze Ose-Hlebovicka scored 14. Anita Eglite (191-C-72) finished the night with 14 points for the visitors.

Avantis/Turiba was the only team to win on a road. In a batlle over SK Riga they celebrated 62:64 victory. Anete Horelika (177-G/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Anete Vorma chipped in 14 and Anda Eibele had 11. Kristine Vitola (194-C-91) produced 15 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

04.11
Cesis-TTT-RAPA 83:52

Cesis: Tamara Bowie 26+9 rebs, Michelle Campbell 19, Inese Maca 12
TTT-RAPA: Liga Surkusa 16, Diana Ozolina 15

06.11
RTU Klondaika -TTT-RAPA 90:50

RTU Klondaika: Inara Jakobsone 21, Anete Brice 20, Ilze Ose-Hlebovicka 14
TTT-RAPA: Anita Eglite 14, Anna Gailite (196-C-90) 11

06.11
SK Riga - Avantis/Turiba 62:64

SK Riga: Kristine Vitola 15+11 rebs, Anete Steinberga 14
Avantis/Turiba: Anete Horelika 19, Anete Vorma 14, Anda Eibele 11


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NORWAY - Women

Gimle ensures a perfect start to season -by Eurobasket News
Norwegian Kvinneligaen enjoyed two round of action and the tournament already got its leader. Gimle recorded a perfect road trip as they achieved three straight victories away from home and topped the ladder. All the wins were gained in an overwhelming manner and proved Gimle's high-ambitions for upcoming season.
Gimle started the season with a perfect 93:36 win over Elite Nord Basket. Kim Gibbs (180-F) paced the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83) added 20 points and 13 boards in the first victory for Gimle.
Later Gimle took on Ammerud Queens and drove to a confident 96:34 victory. The visitors built an insurmountable advantage in the opening frame 23:5 and cruised to an overall victory at the end. This time Marianne Hella (-77) led all scorers with 24 points and 7 steals. Kristina Tattersdill contributed 13 points and 14 rebounds in the second win for Gimle. The third consecutive victory came as Gimle traveled to Nordstrand. Seven Gimle players scored in double figures as their side buried the hosts 120:40. Kristina Tattersdill notched 25 points and grabbed 11 boards for Gimle. Kim Gibbs secured 16 points and 6 steals for the league leaders. Solvi Grana replied with 12 points for Nordstrand.
Ammareud Queens quickly rebounded after a stunning loss to Gimle and handled Elite Nord Basket 65:56 on the road. The visitors surged ahead in the second frame 21:13 and it was enough to celebrate a tough win. Ingrid Engebretsen (178-F-82) scored 16 points for the winning side. Torunn Vtrehus and Kirsti Kristiansen answered with 19 points apiece in a loss.


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PARAGUAY - Women

Olimpia wins Game 1 -by Gianni Pascucci
Olimpia triumphed in Game 1 of the Clausura Final Series, defeating Sol de America 80-67 after that the score was 47-47 at the halftime. Thanks to this result, Olimpia needs of only another win to become the 2007 Paraguayan Champion. The best performers were Diana Gonzalez (-80), Maria Barrail (174-G-80) and Adriana Escurra in Olimpia, Carolina Caraves, Tamara Insfran and Jazmin Mercado (-G) in Sol. Game 2 will be played on next sunday.

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POLAND - Women

FGE Gameday 6: Duda Leszno winning -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk

PKM Duda PWSZ won another game a row. This time Leszno team beat at home LKS Lodz 50:39. Utex Row dont give a chances for Jelenia Gora while another great game of Natalia Malaszewska (178-G-84, agency: Promotex) - 25 pts, 7 reb, 5 as, 3 st. Energa still without win game! “White Stars” from Krakow played great second half against Cukierki Brzeg and won easily. Inea very close to win against CCC Polkowice but finally lost 75:78.

MUKS Poznań - Lotos PKO BP Gdynia 69:90 (18:17, 16:27, 18:30, 17:16)
MUKS Poznań:
Okeisha Howard 19, Żaneta Durak 12, Martyna Mickow 11, Justyna Nieznalska 8, Paulina Antczak 7, Ilona Mądra 6, Agnieszka Skobel 6, Adrianna Najtkowska 0, Barbara Skowronek 0.
Lotos PKO BP Gdynia: Magdalena Leciejewska 13, Slobodanka Maksimovic 12, Ganna Zarytska 11, Chamique Holdsclaw 10, Dominique Canty 8, Jekaterina Snycina 8, Patrycja Gulak 8, Magda Bibrzycka 7, Anna Breitreiner 6, Natalia Waligorska 5, Marta Jujka 2.

Wisła Can-Pack Krakow - Cukierki Odra Brzeg 80:52 (18:16, 15:11, 23:10, 24:15)
Wisła Can-Pack Krakow:
Ewelina Kobryn 21, Marta Fernandez 19, Jelena Skerovic 13, Candice Dupree 10, Anna DeForge 4, Dorota Gburczyk 4, Monika Krawiec 4, Agata Gajda 3, Natalia Trafimawa 2, Agnieszka Fikiel 0.
Cukierki Odra Brzeg: Joei Clyburn 17, Khaili Sanders 17, Ludmiła Lyubarska 4, Magdalena Rzeźnik 4, Ałła Jurlagina 2, Daria Cybulak 2, Justyna Daniel 2, Małgorzata Kudłak 2, Mirela Pułtorak 2, Jekaterina Dworska 0.

Utex ROW Rybnik - KK AZS Jelenia Gora 81:52 (14:10, 29:16, 29:10, 9:16)
Utex ROW Rybnik: Edyta Błaszczak 23, Nikita Bell 13, Hollie Merideth 11, Joanna Gorzyńska-Szymczak 10, Olena Proszczenko 9, Jaynetta Saunders 9, Karolina Stanek 4, Joanna Czajkowska 2, Małgorzata Chomicka 0, Barbara Głocka 0, Magdalena Skorek 0.
KK AZS Jelenia Gora: Natalia Małaszewska 25, Agnieszka Kret 18, Dorota Arodź 4, Agnieszka Balsam 2, Joanna Dłutowska 2, Dorota Wojcik 1, Beata Andrzejczak 0, Żaneta Sojka 0.

PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno - ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź 50:39 (10:10, 13:7, 12:9, 15:13)
PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno: Constance Jinks 18, Daria Mieloszyńska 15, Edyta Krysiewicz 9, Monika Siwczak 4, Olga Żytomirska 2, Martyna Koc 2, Agnieszka Makowska 0, Anna Talarczyk 0, Agnieszka Budnik 0.
ŁKS Siemens AGD Łodź: Renata Oliveira 13, Edyta Koryzna 8, Katarzyna Kenig 8, Jennifer Humphrey 7, Sylwia Wlaźlak 2, Julia Saszko 1, Dorota Sobczyk 0, Agnieszka Wilk 0, Birute Dominauskaite 0

INEA AZS Poznań - CCC Polkowice 75:78 (16:26, 16:28, 17:10, 26:14)
INEA AZS Poznań: Joanna Jarkowska 28, Monika Ciecierska 13, Paulina Dąbkowska 10, Monika Sibora 9, Weronika Idczak 4, Beata Krupska-Tyszkiewicz 3, Joanna Lorek 3, Małgorzata Mycka 3, Marlena Wdowczyk 2.
CCC Polkowice: Jennifer Lacy 20, Justyna Jeziorna 17, Frances Carvajal 17, Anna Szycko 7, Veronika Bortelova 6, Aya Traore 5, Petra Stampalija 4, Ilona Jasnowska 2, Marta Gajewska 0.

KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp. - Energa Toruń 73:62 (23:21, 16:12, 19:15, 15:14)
KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.: Joanna Czarnecka 12, Agnieszka Szott 12, Denaimou N'Garsanet 11, Carrie Moore 10, Justyna Żurowska 9, Aleksandra Karpińska 6, Katarzyna Czubak 4, Małgorzata Babicka 4, Aleksandra Chomac 3, Katarzyna Ristic 2.
Energa Toruń: Meredith Alexis 20, Beata Predehl 13, Lindsay Taylor 8, Anna Marczewska 6, Emilia Tłumak 6, Joanna Chełczyńska 5, Alicja Perlińska 4, Justyna Grabowska 0, Lada Kowalenko 0.


According to www.PLKK.pl



FGE MVP - Gameday 6: Joanna Jarkowska - eval: 29 -by Wojciech Strzebinczyk
FGE just finished 6 Gameday and another time polish player received MVP title. After Kobryn and Skobel this time Joanna Jarkowska (183-F/C-81) was a most effective player on the PLKK floors. Inea AZS Poznań forward in game again CCC Polkowice just record double-double and during 40 minutes scored 28 points (8/16 2fg, 2/4 3pt, 6/10 ft), grabed 12 rebounds and dished 1 assist, stole 4 balls and blocked 1. Her total evaluation result was 29 raiting points!

According to www.PLKK.pl


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SLOVAK REP. - Women

Krumberga in MBK Ruzomberok -by Michal Maslany

23-years old Dita Krumberga (183-G/F-84) signed one year contract for slovak team MBK Ruzomberok. "She satisfied us on two weeks long try out, and she demonstrate that, she could by very usefull part of our team," general manager of MBK Ludovit Betko said. Krumberga was a part od Latvian national team, which made it into the semifinals of Eurobasket 2007 in Chieti. Another player on try out American Crystal McCutcheon (176-G-83, college: Long Beach St.) didn't satisfied the club and leave.



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SPAIN - Women

Marta Zurro says goodbye to season -by Ivan Villar
The worst thing happened to Marta Zurro (187-C-80) after doctor's examination.She broked ligament of her good knee (the other was operated 4 years ago).Bad new because also she was in the best moment of her sport career after the great Eurobasket made it with national team.Arranz Burgos sees as its list of problems doesn't finish.They began the season with 0-3 and looses its best player for 6-7 months.Good luck for Marta and Arranz Burgos!

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TUNISIA - Women

The better wins -by Carlos Pereira
The best teams of Tunisia women championship win this games in the 3th round.

RESULTS
GST-CSS : 53-75
ESCB-ZS : 74-61
ASFJ-AH : 62-56
ST-CSFB : 75-60

STANDING

1/ CSS 6 3 3 0
- ESCB 6 3 3 0
3/ ST 5 3 2 1
- ASFJ 5 3 2 1
5/ GST 4 3 1 2
- AH 4 3 1 2
7/ ZS 3 3 0 3
- CSFB 3 3 0 3


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U.KINGDOM - Women

Form-book reigns in National Cup -by Dave Ryan
Holders City of Sheffield Hatters had a tough fight at Team Northumbria before progressing into the quarter-final of the National Cup with a 91-79 away victory.
Led by 30 points from American Jaye Colbert, the home side led 20-19 at the first break but went into the locker room at half time trailing 40-36 after a strong quarter from Betty Codona's team. Hatters extended that lead by a point in the third period to lead 66-61 at the final break before stepping up in the fourth quarter to outscore the hosts by seven. Loui Hall added 24 for Northumbria, while Sarah Gandy led all scorers with 31 for the Hatters. Helen Naylor (180-F-87) added 25 for Sheffield, while K Zagorna chipped in with 19 for the Hatters who now host the winners of Wednesday's tie between Manchester Mystics and Bury Blue Devils.
Last season's runners-up Rhondda Rebels had a considerably easier path into the last eight as they hammered Division Two side Taunton Tigers 96-18. Rhondda led 23-5 at the first break and had the game wrapped up by half-time with a 46-9 lead. Rebels' Nelson matched the Tigers team with 18, while Sally Kaznica (174-G-81) (17) and player-coach Andrea Congreaves (193-C-70) (14) also scored well. Farthing led the visitors with six.
UWIC Archers made it a good day for the Welsh with a 93-33 win at City of Bristol Storm. After winning the first period 26-8, Archers blew Storm away with a 19-4 second period and won the third 26-10 to set up a quarter-final at Rhondda. Stephanie Collins led the visitors with 20, with Hopwood and Zikite each chipping in with 16. Ferry led Bristol with eight points.
Saturday's battle of the Suns went the way of hosts Sevenoaks as they defeated Solent 64-57. Sevenoaks led 19-14 at the first break, and went into the locker-room with that five point lead as the sides shared 24 second period points. A 20-16 third quarter brought Solent back to within one point, but led by 29 points from Great Britain international Arek Deng (191-C-83, college: Delaware), the home side stepped up in the fourth period to book a trip to London Heathrow Acers in the last eight. Timola added ten for the home side, while Turner led Solent with 18. Acers reached the quarter-finals with a comfortable 85-47 victory against Southend Swifts in a game they outscored the visitors in each quarter.
London Towers will travel to fellow Division One side Nottingham Wildcats after the two sides had contrasting wins on Sunday.
Towers survived a second period scare at Holbrook Tigers before winning 55-44. The London side had led 12-10 at the first break but were outscored 20-11 by the former Colchester side to trail by seven at half-time. Led by 19 points from Kellie Runciman, Towers won the third quarter 20-9, and closed out the game with a 12-5 fourth period. Shemming led Holbrook with 26 points, while McClean (Towers) and Wanstall (Tigers) each added 11.
A 27-0 fourth period capped Nottingham's 98-25 hammering of Leicester Beauchamp Cannons. The visitors Wildcats led 26-8 at the first break and 49-14 at half-time. A 23-11 third period ended Cannons' faint hopes of a comeback before they were held scoreless in the final ten minutes. J Wagstaff led Nottingham with 23 points, with K Shaw and Great Britain international Kate Butters adding 18 and 14 respectively.


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WNBA - Women

Jamie Carey added to USA college tour roster -by Bruno Baltazar
Jamie Carey (5'6''-G-81, college: Texas) (Connecticut Sun), a silver medalist on the 2003 USA Basketball Pan American Games Team, has been added to the roster for the 2007 USA Basketball Women's National Team College Tour, USA Basketball announced today. Carey, who led the WNBA in 2007 for 3-point field goal shooting percentage (.451), will join the squad in Waco, Texas, in time for the squad's Nov. 6 (7:00 p.m. CST) contest against Baylor University.

"I'm pleased that Jamie will be able to join the team," said USA and Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan. "She will be able to help fill the void that we've had with the guards because of Loree Moore's injury. Jamie is an excellent shooter as she has demonstrated with the Sun and she will give us a nice spark off the bench."

In addition to Carey, the 10-player USA National Team roster for the 2007 College Tour includes three-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks); 2004 Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Swin Cash (Detroit Shock) and Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury); as well as Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Kara Braxton (Detroit Shock), Katie Feenstra (Detroit Shock), Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Los Angeles Sparks).

Carey replaces Loree Moore (New York Liberty), who was on the roster for the 2007 College Tour, but left the team on Nov. 2 due to a flare-up of a previous left knee aggravation. Moore also sat out the USA's final three games during the Oct. 22-27 FIBA World League Tournament and is continuing treatment and rehabilitation in New York.

The USA is currently 3-0 in its College Tour. Opening the eight game schedule with a 90-73 victory over the University of Maryland on Oct. 31, the U.S. squad recorded a 90-74 win over the University of Connecticut on Nov. 1, and defeated the University of Tennessee 83-72 on Nov. 4.

Following the game against Baylor, the USA continues its 2007 College Tour on Nov. 8 against Arizona State University in Tempe at 6:30 p.m. (all times local), then returns to the Lone Star State for a Nov. 11 match-up against Texas A&M University in College Station at 6:00 p.m. Moving west to California for its final two games, Nov. 13 will see the USA pitted against the University of Southern California in Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m., and the USA concludes its tour on Nov. 15 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., at 7:00 p.m.

Previously two USA Basketball National Teams have undertaken a college tour. The historic 1995-96 USA National Team went 20-0 against top NCAA programs, while the 1999-2000 USA National Team compiled a mark of 11-1 during its pre-Olympic training. The only schools on the 2007 tour that the USA previously has faced are Connecticut, Stanford and Tennessee. The '95-96 squad defeated Connecticut 83-47 on Nov. 5, Stanford 100-63 on Nov. 10 and Tennessee 82-58 on Nov. 22; while the 1999-2000 squad downed Stanford 82-58 on Nov. 1 and lost 65-64 at Tennessee following a buzzer-beater by then-Lady Vol freshman Lawson on Nov. 7.